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MDS 9124 -- Limited Command Set?

I've got two MDS 9124 FiberChannel switches, and can SSH into them using RADIUS authentication with my domain admin user.

I'm trying to do things, like update the license file, but lots of "normal" commands, like "copy" which is documented in the license update procedure, are missing. Page 1-6 of this PDF [command reference for SAN-OS 3.x] lists many more commands that I don't seem to have: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/storage/san_switches/mds9000/sw/rel_3_x/command/reference/CR03.pdf

The rest of this post will be (1) the output of "?" at the EXEC prompt, (2) the output of "?" at the Config prompt, (3) the output of "show version":


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FCSwitch01# ?

Exec commands:

  attach      Connect to a specific linecard

  cd          Change current directory

  cfs         CFS parameters

  clear       Reset functions

  cli         CLI commands

  clock       Manage the system clock

  config      Enter configuration mode

  dir         List files in a directory

  discover    Discover information

  exit        Exit from the EXEC

  fcping      Ping an N-Port

  fctrace     Trace the route for an N-Port.

  find        Find a file below the current directory

  no          Disable debugging functions

  ping        Send echo messages

  pwd         View current directory

  send        Send message to open sessions

  show        Show running system information

  sleep       Sleep for the specified number of seconds

  ssh         SSH to another system

  tail        Display the last part of a file

  telnet      Telnet to another system

  terminal    Set terminal line parameters

  test        Test command

  traceroute  Trace route to destination

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FCSwitch01(config)# ?

Configure commands:

  cli        CLI configuration commands

  do         EXEC command

  end        Exit from configure mode

  exit       Exit from configure mode

  hw-module  Enable/Disable OBFL information

  no         Negate a command or set its defaults

  username   Configure user information.

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FCSwitch01# show version

[[[--- STANDARD GPL AND OTHER LICENSE JUNK REMOVED FROM THIS POST FOR READABILITY ---]]]

Software

  BIOS:      version 1.0.12

  kickstart: version 3.3(1c)

  system:    version 3.3(1c)

  BIOS compile time:       09/10/07

  kickstart image file is: bootflash:/m9100-s2ek9-kickstart-mz.3.3.1c.bin

  kickstart compile time:  5/23/2008 19:00:00 [06/20/2008 04:29:52]

  system image file is:    bootflash:/m9100-s2ek9-mz.3.3.1c.bin

  system compile time:     5/23/2008 19:00:00 [06/20/2008 04:51:10]

Hardware

  cisco MDS 9124 ("1/2/4 Gbps FC/Supervisor-2")

  Motorola, ppc8541 (e500) with 515032 kB of memory.

  Processor Board ID JAE1133U87Q

  bootflash: 250368 kB

FCSwitch01   kernel uptime is 2 days 0 hour 24 minute(s) 48 second(s)

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Cisco Employee

Re: MDS 9124 -- Limited Command Set?

           

Hi Jon,

Do you have access to the radius server?  Can you set the shell:roles="network-admin" attribute on your account?

Unfortunately if you don't remember the password of any accounts with network-admin you will need to do a password recovery which is a disruptive process.  Below are the instructions for the MDS:

Power Cycling the Switch

If you cannot start a session on the switch that has network-admin privileges, you must recover the administrator password by power cycling the switch.


Caution This procedure disrupts all traffic on the switch. All connections to the switch will be lost for 2 to 3 minutes.



Note You cannot recover the administrator password from a Telnet or SSH session. You must have access to the local console connection. See the "Starting a Switch in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family" section on page 5-2 for information on setting up the console connection.


To recover a administrator password by power cycling the switch, follow these steps:


Step 1 For Cisco MDS 9500 Series switches with two supervisor modules, remove the supervisor module in
slot 6 from the chassis.


Note On the Cisco MDS 9500 Series, the password recovery procedure must be performed on the active supervisor module. Removing the supervisor module in slot 6 ensures that a switchover will not occur during the password recovery procedure.


Step 2 Power cycle the switch.

Step 3 Press the Ctrl-] key sequence when the switch begins its Cisco NX-OS software boot sequence to enter the switch(boot)# prompt mode.

Ctrl-] 

switch(boot)#


Step 4 Change to configuration mode.

switch(boot)# config terminal


Step 5 Issue the admin-password command to reset the administrator password.

switch(boot-config)# admin-password <new password>


For information on strong passwords, see the "Characteristics of Strong Passwords" section.

Step 6 Exit to the EXEC mode.

switch(boot-config)# exit

switch(boot)#


Step 7 Issue the load command to load the Cisco NX-OS software.

switch(boot)# load bootflash:m9500-sf1ek9-mz.2.1.1a.bin



Caution If you boot a system image that is older than the image you used to store the configuration and do not use the install all command to boot the system, the switch erases the binary configuration and uses the ASCII configuration. When this occurs, you must use the init system command to recover your password.

Step 8 Log in to the switch using the new administrator password.

switch login: admin

Password: <new password>


Step 9 Reset the new password to ensure that is it is also the SNMP password for Fabric Manager.

switch# config t

switch(config)# username admin password <new password>

switch(config)# exit

switch#


Step 10 Save the software configuration.

switch# copy running-config startup-config


Step 11 Insert the previously removed supervisor module into slot 6 in the chassis.

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Cisco Employee

MDS 9124 -- Limited Command Set?

Hi Jon,

It seems like your radius account might not be mapped to the network-admin role which could explain the lack of commands that are available.  May want to take a look at the radius user config (

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/datacenter/mds9000/sw/4_1/configuration/guides/cli_4_1/cradtac1.html).

New Member

MDS 9124 -- Limited Command Set?

That looks like the answer . . . My account is authenticated through RADIUS and shows up in Cisco's Device Manager for that switch as "Network Operator" and the "Admin" account it "Network-Admin."  Unfortunately, we don't know the password for the Admin account.  Is there a way to recover that password, or create a new user [wouldn't let me in my Network-Operator role] with admin credentials to be able to change things?

Cisco Employee

Re: MDS 9124 -- Limited Command Set?

           

Hi Jon,

Do you have access to the radius server?  Can you set the shell:roles="network-admin" attribute on your account?

Unfortunately if you don't remember the password of any accounts with network-admin you will need to do a password recovery which is a disruptive process.  Below are the instructions for the MDS:

Power Cycling the Switch

If you cannot start a session on the switch that has network-admin privileges, you must recover the administrator password by power cycling the switch.


Caution This procedure disrupts all traffic on the switch. All connections to the switch will be lost for 2 to 3 minutes.



Note You cannot recover the administrator password from a Telnet or SSH session. You must have access to the local console connection. See the "Starting a Switch in the Cisco MDS 9000 Family" section on page 5-2 for information on setting up the console connection.


To recover a administrator password by power cycling the switch, follow these steps:


Step 1 For Cisco MDS 9500 Series switches with two supervisor modules, remove the supervisor module in
slot 6 from the chassis.


Note On the Cisco MDS 9500 Series, the password recovery procedure must be performed on the active supervisor module. Removing the supervisor module in slot 6 ensures that a switchover will not occur during the password recovery procedure.


Step 2 Power cycle the switch.

Step 3 Press the Ctrl-] key sequence when the switch begins its Cisco NX-OS software boot sequence to enter the switch(boot)# prompt mode.

Ctrl-] 

switch(boot)#


Step 4 Change to configuration mode.

switch(boot)# config terminal


Step 5 Issue the admin-password command to reset the administrator password.

switch(boot-config)# admin-password <new password>


For information on strong passwords, see the "Characteristics of Strong Passwords" section.

Step 6 Exit to the EXEC mode.

switch(boot-config)# exit

switch(boot)#


Step 7 Issue the load command to load the Cisco NX-OS software.

switch(boot)# load bootflash:m9500-sf1ek9-mz.2.1.1a.bin



Caution If you boot a system image that is older than the image you used to store the configuration and do not use the install all command to boot the system, the switch erases the binary configuration and uses the ASCII configuration. When this occurs, you must use the init system command to recover your password.

Step 8 Log in to the switch using the new administrator password.

switch login: admin

Password: <new password>


Step 9 Reset the new password to ensure that is it is also the SNMP password for Fabric Manager.

switch# config t

switch(config)# username admin password <new password>

switch(config)# exit

switch#


Step 10 Save the software configuration.

switch# copy running-config startup-config


Step 11 Insert the previously removed supervisor module into slot 6 in the chassis.

New Member

Re: MDS 9124 -- Limited Command Set?

SECOND EDIT: It worked!  It just took a few minutes to sync with the RADIUS server across the network!

EDIT: Some digging around, and I found what you were talking about.  I see the existing attribute called Cisco-AV-Pair with value "shell:priv-lvl=15" . . . I added the additional value "shell:roles="network-admin"" as you had mentioned, and moved it to be the top attribute.  Nothing seems to have changed in the shell now, after reconnecting, like there is no "copy" command, and if I issue "username admin password SomePassword" I get told that I can't make changes to other users.  Maybe it takes time to refresh these settings across the network?

---END OF EDIT--- Original Post:

Brian,

I do have Domain Admin access to our RADIUS server, which is a Windows 2003 Standard server with Active Directory . . . I'm afraid I don't know what you're talking about as far as defining the shell role, or how to do that.  Is that something I do in the server, or in the FiberChannel Switch?

Jon

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