This article will guide us on how to quickly setup a Dell switch powerconnect 5524.
0) Factory Reset
First thing, we will erase all configurations from the device.
console# delete startup-config console# reload
1) Enable Password
First, let's enable password authentication for elevated privileges console access.
Next time we try to login to the elevated privileges console we will be prompted with a password box.
console> enable Password:******** 01-Oct-2006 16:57:15 %AAA-I-CONNECT: User CLI session for user unKnown over console , source 0.0.0.0 destination 0.0.0.0 ACCEPTED
2) Adding Users
Let's add an administrator user.
3) Enabling Console Local User Authentication
We do not want that anyone with a console cable connected to the device are able to issue any command without logging in.
console(config)# aaa authentication login default local console(config)# line console console(config-line)# login authentication default
4) Enable HTTP Access
First, we need to change the port we will be connecting our laptop into a routed interface and not a regular switchport.
console(config)# interface gi1/0/1 console(config-if)# no switchport console(config-if)# 01-Oct-2006 17:08:22 %LINK-W-Down: Vlan 1
Let's assign an IP address to port gi1/0/1.
console(config)# interface gi1/0/1 console(config-if)# ip address 192.168.10.2 255.255.255.0 console(config-if)# exit console(config)# do show ip interface IP Address I/F Type Directed Precedence Status Broadcast ------------------- --------- ----------- ---------- ---------- ----------- 192.168.10.2/24 gi1/0/1 Static disable No Valid
I have connected my laptop to port gi1/0/1 and assigned the IP address 192.168.10.1/24 to it. And, we should be able ping the switch.
tiago@HP-8470 ~> ping 192.168.10.2 PING 192.168.10.2 (192.168.10.2) 56(84) bytes of data. 64 bytes from 192.168.10.2: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.908 ms 64 bytes from 192.168.10.2: icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.924 ms 64 bytes from 192.168.10.2: icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.961 ms 64 bytes from 192.168.10.2: icmp_seq=4 ttl=64 time=0.962 ms ^C --- 192.168.10.2 ping statistics --- 4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 3011ms rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.908/0.938/0.962/0.023 ms
By default the HTTP server is enabled and listening on port 80. We can check with the command :
console(config)# do show ip http HTTP server enabled. Port: 80 Interactive timeout: 10 minutes, 0 seconds.
5) Firmware Upgrade
Check this page to verify if the device is outdated and if a new firmware version is available. Download and extract the firmware file to a folder in your PC.
System > File Management > File Download
Download Protocol select HTTP that will enable the browse button. Therefore allowing the firmware to be uploaded.
Once the upload completes we will see the below :
We now need to navigate to
System > File Management > Active Images and select the newly uploaded version and hit the apply button.
Go to the console and reload the device.
After the reload we can verify the version and confirm that we are running the latest.
console# show version Unit SW version Boot version HW version ------------------- ------------------- ------------------- ------------------- 1 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52 00.00.02
We should repeat the process above with the bootloader that in my case was the same version already running on the device.
The upload of the bootloader only worked after a switch reload.
The steps above are a basic initial set up to have the switch with minimal security and up to date firmware. In future articles, we will delve into more advanced configurations.