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Unable to Telnet to other devices, and the %telnet connections not permitted from this terminal error message is received when an attempt is made to session to other modules

Core issue

In the Cisco Catalyst 6500 switch running in native Cisco IOS® 6509, configured to allow only Secure Shell Version 2 (SSH2) connections, it is not possible to Telnet out to a non-SSH switch or router. Also, the session command cannot be issued in order to access a module in Cisco Catalyst 6500 switch. The Command Line Interface (CLI) prompt shows that "telnet" and "session" are valid commands.

The only workaround for this issue is to connect to the Cisco Catalyst 6500 switch through the console port. This can be done remotely with a console server. 

Telnet attempts display the % telnet connections not permitted from this terminal error message and after few attempts, the module number is flagged as invalid. This happens because the VTY (Telnet) is misconfigured as transport output none.

The configuration looks similar to this one:

line vty 0 4

  exec-timeout 60 0

  transport input ssh

  transport output none

  flowcontrol software out

Resolution

In order to resolve the "telnet out" and "session to the module" issue, configure the transport output command for the required protocol.

This is a sample configuration for reference:

line vty 0 4
   exec-timeout 60 0
   transport input ssh
   transport output telnet ssh
   flowcontrol software out
line vty 5 15
   exec-timeout 60 0
   transport input ssh
   transport output telnet ssh
   flowcontrol software out

Refer to Configuring Secure Shell on Routers and Switches Running Cisco IOS for additional information.

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Your answer helped out.

Thanks a lot.