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VTY lines 0 4 used even though not in config?

On my 3560 I was setting up an access list and transport to be used for my VTY lines. Previous owner of switch only had vty 5 15 shown in the config. VTY 0 4 was not in the config. So I set up an access list and transport on 5 15. I noticed that I could still get in from an IP that didn't match the access list. Doing a "show users" command showed that I was logged on to VTY 0.  Does this mean that if you don't have VTY 0 4 in the config the switch/router will use them anyway? So to restrict their usage I have no choice but to list them in my config with a VTY 0 4 ?

On the flipside I have a router that has VTY 0 4 configured. I tested if I could log in to more than 5 sessions at once. I could not. So it appears the VTY 0 4 lines are always available even if not listed. However maybe not the case with 5 15.

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Re: VTY lines 0 4 used even though not in config?

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What you might be bumping into, in the olden days, vty 0 4 was all you had.  Later IOSs added, by default, eleven more vty ports.  Interestingly, when Cisco added the extra ten ports, instead of all appearing as vty 0 15, they appear in the config as two groups, the original vty 0 4 and the added vty 5 15; this was likely done for some backward compatibility.

Cisco also occasionally changes what they show for the different default settings in different IOS versions.  It's possible, in the one version you were looking at, vty 0 4 was suppressed if all default settings.  See what that devices shows if you use the show run all command.

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Re: VTY lines 0 4 used even though not in config?

I didn't know about the "all" thing. Well doing a "show run all" probably isn't gonna tell us anything now as I now have vty 0 4 in my running-config as I wanted to secure my vty lines after discovering this. And I can't remove the vty 0 4 lines with a no statement as the IOS prevents the removal of the first 16 lines. I could reload the switch to get me back to my startup config but can't at the moment.

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