Cisco switch commands, tips and tricks

To see all ip addresses of switch :

To see all ip addresses of switch use command `show ip aliases‘. This can be very useful in case switch is going to get IP from DHCP server.


To avoid logging messages from disturbing you while typing

Many times when we are connected to switch through console, the switch messages come after we have typed only a portion of command. In such situation it is very hard to type the command properly as backspace does not erases switch’s printed log message. To make sure that switch does not logs messages while we are in middle of typing a command. Use

config t
    line console 0
        logging synchronous
    line vty 0 15
        logging synchronous

To disable auto-negotiation of trunk / access mode

We can configure modern switch in three modes

  • access
  • trunk
  • dynamic desirable

In case of dynamic desirable switch will automatically try to negotiate link type.

To avoid this communication we can either setswitchport mode‘ to ‘trunk‘ or ‘access‘ or we can configure

To disable STP (Spanning Tree Protocol) on particular port

It is NOT possible to disable STP on particular port. We can however disable STP for particular VLAN. To do it we can use

no spanning-tree vlan <vlan_number>

Note that STP for the VLAN must be disabled in all the switches were this VLAN is forwarded (either trunked or access). Just disabling it on one switch will not solve problem and can have undesirable side-effects.

After we disable STP for particular VLAN we have to be very careful in making connections of that VLAN, so that we do not create any loops. It is best to have at least storm control enabled on ports where we forward VLAN whose STP is disabled.


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