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Can someone provide me with the list of commands for the following:

create a secure password for priviledge mode
create a secure password for telnet
difference between secret password and others?
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by:Yan_west
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FOr what, a cisco pix? router?
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Oops! I have a Cisco 2970 gigabit switch
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scampgb earned 800 total points
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Hi SANG501,

For enable (priv) mode, you do:

conf t
enable password (mypassword)    
- or -
enable secret (mypassword)

The difference between secret passwords and normal ones is that a secret password will not be displayed in the config.

For the telnet password:
conf t
line vty 0 15
password (mypassword)


... you can find out about this, and more, at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/ps5206/products_configuration_guide_chapter09186a00802164c4.html#wp1109671

Ihope that this helps - let me know if you need any further help.
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Actually the difference between regular and secret is not what was said. Regular password is clear-text by default, but it can be hidden with the command "service password-encryption." But the encryption is very weak and there are lots of utilities you can download to break it. Enable secret uses strong encryption and can't be broken- so it's much more secure. Always use "enable secret" on any device you value.
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Oops, sorry - my bad.
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Thanks guys!
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Hi.  Thanks for the "A".  Glad I could help.
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