How to determine if IOS is command-based

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Apr 10th, 2008

Hi. How does one determine if the IOS of a router or switch is command based?


Thanks in advance.

Correct Answer by Jon Marshall about 8 years 10 months ago

I think a couple of things are getting mixed up here.


"switchport access vlan 2" is the IOS interface command to allocate a port into a vlan


"set vlan 2 2/3" is the CatOS command to allocate port 2/3 into vlan 2. CatOS is another OS used on switches although it is gradually being used less and less in favour of IOS.


"vlan-membership static 2" is not a command i have come across but i think it is tied to VMPS (Vlan Management Policy Server). Two things about this


1) It is CatOS related because VMPS is not supported on IOS

2) It is a different way of allocating ports into vlans ie. you do not configure the indivdual ports rather you have a central server that knows which switch ports are in which vlans. It is not used that much as there is a very large administrative overhead in maintaining the server.


Jon

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marcusbrutus Thu, 04/10/2008 - 03:56

I observed that there are IOS that uses a different syntax. I know this may sound a bit lame but please indulge me. I mean like for example in setting an interface on a switch. Some use: switchport access vlan 2; while others use: vlan-membership static 2.

Could you clarify this for me please?


Thanks.

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Jon Marshall Thu, 04/10/2008 - 04:12

I think a couple of things are getting mixed up here.


"switchport access vlan 2" is the IOS interface command to allocate a port into a vlan


"set vlan 2 2/3" is the CatOS command to allocate port 2/3 into vlan 2. CatOS is another OS used on switches although it is gradually being used less and less in favour of IOS.


"vlan-membership static 2" is not a command i have come across but i think it is tied to VMPS (Vlan Management Policy Server). Two things about this


1) It is CatOS related because VMPS is not supported on IOS

2) It is a different way of allocating ports into vlans ie. you do not configure the indivdual ports rather you have a central server that knows which switch ports are in which vlans. It is not used that much as there is a very large administrative overhead in maintaining the server.


Jon

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