Configuration Guide to the HP Procurve

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The ProCurve is a product line of core switches manufactured by HP. Some basic configuration tasks for the HP ProCurve switch include setting up the switch's host name, primary VLAN, default gateway, and usernames and passwords for the operator (read access) and manager (read/write access) permission levels. The command line provides access to the complete set of configuration options available in the switch. You must have manager level access to make global configuration changes to the switch. Access to the command line interface happens through the switch's console.

  • Log on to the switch through the command line interface and enter your log-in credentials.

  • Type "config" at the prompt and press the "Enter" key. You will now be in global configuration and can make changes to the switch's features.

  • Assign a host name to your switch by typing "hostname <"switch_name">" at the command prompt and pressing the "Enter" key. Include the quotes inside the angled brackets but not the angled brackets when you enter the command at the prompt.

  • Type VLAN 1 at the prompt and press the "Enter" key to configure the IP address for the primary VLAN. This changes the configuration mode of the switch from global to context, because in this case your changes will only affect the VLAN.

  • Type "ip address <IP_address subnet_mask>" at the prompt and press the "Enter" key. Type "exit" and the "Enter" key to return to global configuration mode. An example of the command for the primary VLAN is "ip address 192.168.1.1 255.255.255.0."

  • Type "ip default-gateway <IP_address>" at the prompt and press the "Enter" key. An example of the command for the default gateway is "ip default-gateway 192.168.1.254."

  • Type "password manager user <username> plaintext <password>" at the command prompt and press the "Enter" key to create the username and password for the manager permission level.

  • Type "password operator user <username> plaintext <password>" at the command prompt and press the "Enter" key to create the username and password for the operator permission level.

  • Type "Exit" and press the "Enter" key twice to exit the command line interface.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you access the system at the operator permission level, you can use the enable command at the prompt to access the manager permission level to make global configuration changes.

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