Jun 11, 2019  SW1 ( config)# crypto key generate rsa. How many bits in the modulus 512: 1024% Generating 1024 bit RSA keys, keys will be non-exportableOK Set the size of key to 1024 bits. If your Cisco Switch is running an older version of Cisco IOS image, then it is extremely recommended that you upgrade to latest Cisco IOS. Sep 20, 2010  This tutorial demonstrates how to quickly and easily enable SSH on a new Cisco router or switch. This will enable secure terminal sessions to the device without the risks associated with plain. PKI (Public Key Authentication) is an authentication method that uses a key pair for authentication instead of a password. Two keys are generated: Public key Private key Anyone (or any device) that has the public key is able to encrypt data that can only be decrypted by the private key. So it looks as if there is no point in the 'crypto key generate rsa' command if i follow it up with the 'crypto key generate rsa usage-keys label sshkeys mod 1024' command, i just wanted to make sure the first wasn't need for the second to work or something screwy like that.

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Q: I have a Cisco switch in my network, which I can access by hooking up a console cable directly to the device. I like to access the switch remotely using SSH. How can I enable ssh on my Cisco 3750 Catalyst Switch?
A: By default, when you configure a Cisco device, you have to use the console cable and connect directly to the system to access it. Follow the steps mentioned below, which will enable SSH access to your Cisco devices. Once you enable SSH, you can access it remotely using PuTTY or any other SSH client.

1. Setup Management IP

First, make sure you have performed basic network configurations on your switch. For example, assign default gateway, assign management ip-address, etc. If this is already done, skip to the next step.

In the following example, the management ip address is set as in the 101 VLAN. The default gateway points to the firewall, which is

2. Set hostname and domain-name

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Next, make sure the switch has a hostname and domain-name set properly.

3. Generate the RSA Keys

The switch or router should have RSA keys that it will use during the SSH process. So, generate these using crypto command as shown below.

Also, if you are running on an older Cisco IOS image, it is highly recommended that you upgrade to latest Cisco IOS.

4. Setup the Line VTY configurations

Setup the following line vty configuration parameters, where input transport is set to SSH. Set the login to local, and password to 7.

If you have not set the console line yet, set it to the following values.

5. Create the username password

If you don’t have an username created already, do it as shown below.

Note: If you don’t have the enable password setup properly, do it now.

Make sure the password-encryption service is turned-on, which will encrypt the password, and when you do “sh run”, you’ll seee only the encrypted password and not clear-text password.

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5. Verify SSH access

From the switch, if you do ‘sh ip ssh’, it will confirm that the SSH is enabled on this cisco device.

After the above configurations, login from a remote machine to verify that you can ssh to this cisco switch.

In this example, is the management ip-address of the switch.

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