How to set a hostname on a Cisco 2950 switch with the terminal.

To set a new hostname on a Cisco router, switch to privileged exec mode by typing enable at the prompt.

Enter configuration mode by entering this command.

eng_floor_2#configure terminal

Then set the hostname by typing this command.

eng_floor_2(config)#hostname eng_floor_2

Now the proper hostname has been set on the switch.

eng_floor_2#show running-config 
Building configuration...
 
Current configuration : 982 bytes
!
version 12.1
no service timestamps log datetime msec
no service timestamps debug datetime msec
no service password-encryption
!
hostname eng_floor_2

This is the best way to label each switch. This way, you will know exactly which one you are managing with the command line whether this is with a console cable or a telnet/ssh connection.

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