Dell Powerconnect 6200: Enable SSH and Disable Telnet

Dell Powerconnect 6200: Enable SSH and Disable Telnet

Most modern switches include the ability to use SSH as a remote communications protocol.  Here we will enable that functionality and disable telnet on the Dell Powerconnect 6248 switches.

Enable SSH

In order to enable SSH we need to generate the keys which will be used by SSH to encrypt the traffic.

console>enable
console# configure
(config)# crypto key generate rsa
(config)# crypto key generate dsa
(config)# ip ssh server
(config)# exit
console# copy running-config startup-config

Disable Telnet

Depending on your config you might not need to disable this, but if it is enabled you should disable it.

console>enable
console# configure
(config)# ip telnet server disable
(config)# exit
console# copy running-config startup-config