layer 2 switch

i'm not clear about this ... can a layer 2 switch understand an IP address at the management plane?

i understand a layer two switch (obviously as it is layer two) doesn't not provide routing, but you should be able to assign an SVI to telnet(or ssh) into for remote administration right?
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Yes, you are right, layer 2 switches have management SVI for administration (but on L2 switches you can have just one SVI), but also you need to configure default gateway IP address on those, or you will not be able to access them from any other VLAN.

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