Shutdown Device

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Apr 28th, 2007

I have a basic question here. How do you shutdown a cisco firewall or switch from a telnet session? Im talking about the entire device and not just interfaces.


I have this problem too.
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rajbhatt Sat, 04/28/2007 - 05:22

Hi Danny,

Question is not very clear

Are you trying to shut the interfaces while quitting the telnet session ?

For exiting the telnet session :from a swicth and firewall :

config t#exit


It closes the telnet session


scottmac Sat, 04/28/2007 - 05:56

If you're talking such that shutdown = Power off, or offline while passing traffic, then it can't be done.

You can reboot (reload) a router or PIX, but there's no "soft power off." It is not a feature because there's generally no reason for a remote power off, and may create a vulnerability.

I can't think of anything that could be done by power off / shutdown / standby that couldn't be done through ACL or closing / shutting an interface.

Many of the devices don't even have a power switch ... if you want to power-cycle the thing you have to unplug it.

Perhaps you could post a reason wanting to doing what you ask?

Good Luck


danny9797 Sat, 04/28/2007 - 06:48

sorry for not being too clear

I need to power off a couple of devices b/c the switch and firewall is powered by a UPS. The ups is dead and needs to be replaced, so I have to power off the switch/firewall for the changes.

I didn't want to just hit the off switch on the switch /firewall, so I was wondering if there was a "soft" method of powering them down.


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