CCNA / CCENT Daily Practice Exam: Configuration Modes

Today’s CCNA and CCENT practice exam covers some important basic Cisco configuration mode commands.  The examples shown here are from a switch, but these config modes work exactly the same way on a router.

All of today’s questions are in flash card format — no multiple choice today.

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Question 1:    What configuration mode is shown here?


Question 2:    In the following example, I entered a single word to go from the first switch config mode to the second.  What word did I enter?



Question 3:   Time for another configuration mode move.   I entered a command at the first prompt that put me into the second mode.   What command did I enter, and what config mode am I in as a result?


Enter configuration commands, one per line.   End with CNTL/Z.


Question 4:    It’s time to name your switch to something besides the default of switch.   What command will set the switch’s name to SWITCH5 ?

Question 5:   I used IOS Help to display the options for a particular command, and all I see is <cr>.  What exactly do those two letters indicate?

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Let’s get to those answers!

Answer 1:   A device whose prompt is switch> is in user exec mode.   You can run a few show commands from there, but not much else.

Answer 2:   To leave user exec mode and arrive at the switch# prompt, I entered enable to enter the aptly-named enable mode.

Answer 3:  To leave enable mode and get to the switch(config)# prompt, I entered configure terminal (often abbreviated as conf t).

Answer 4:  You’ll use the hostname command in global configuration mode to set a device’s name, like this:

switch(config)#hostname SWITCH5

(pressed enter)


The hostname command takes effect immediately.

Answer 5:  The <cr> stands for carriage return, and more importantly, those letters indicate that the command you’ve entered to that point is a legal command that the switch or router would accept.  If you run IOS Help and don’t see <cr>, there are some required values that you have not yet entered.

A quick word for those of you new to configuration modes:  I know getting the modes down at first is a little frustrating.  I went through the same thing myself.   Keep studying, use these modes on live Cisco lab equipment or a simulator, and you’ll be sailing through these modes in no time at all without even thinking about it.

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