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from Huawei CLI – user-interface current

Sometimes we want to change any parameter of our current user interface quickly, let’s say terminal length or idle timeout, but we don’t know which user interface we are currently using. To check that we use display user-interface command. Then we try to find the “+” mark in the command output, which means that this is our current user interface. After that we have to go back to our user interface configuration and change its parameters. Why not to do that in a quicker manner?

[labnario]display user-interface
  Idx  Type     Tx/Rx      Modem Privi ActualPrivi Auth  Int
  0    CON 0    9600       -     15    -           P     -
  33   AUX 0    9600       -     0     -           P     -  	

 + 34   VTY 0              -     0     3           A     -
  35   VTY 1               -     0     -           A     -
  36   VTY 2               -     0     -           A     -
  37   VTY 3               -     0     -           A     -
  38   VTY 4               -     0     -           A     -
  50   VTY 16              -     15    -           A     -
  51   VTY 17              -     15    -           A     -
  52   VTY 18              -     15    -           A     -
  53   VTY 19              -     15    -           A     -
  54   VTY 20              -     15    -           A     -
UI(s) not in async mode -or- with no hardware support:
  +    : Current UI is active.
  F    : Current UI is active and work in async mode.
  Idx  : Absolute index of UIs.
  Type : Type and relative index of UIs.
  Privi: The privilege of UIs.
  ActualPrivi: The actual privilege of user-interface.
  Auth : The authentication mode of UIs.
      A: Authenticate use AAA.
      N: Current UI need not authentication.
      P: Authenticate use current UI's password.
  Int  : The physical location of UIs.

In case we want to change any parameter of our current user terminal interface, without checking which user interface we are using, “current” option for the user-interface command can be used.

Let’s look at VTY configuration:

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from Huawei CLI – check …

Very useful command, especially when you are preparing and executing upgrade of a software of Huawei carrier class devices, like NE40E and CX600. Let’s look what can be checked by this command:

<labnario>check ?
  hardware-compatibility  hardware compatibility
  startup                 Check the version of the resource file
  system-software         system-software
  version                 check version

I personally use “check hardware-compatibility” before all planned upgrades. During a preparation phase of an upgrade, you have to read software release notes, to be sure that all software and hardware components will be compatible with the new software. You can check hardware compatibility by the command, instead of searching software documents.

Imagine that you’ve just uploaded a new software to CFcard of a router. The new software is v600r006c00spc300.

<labnario>check hardware-compatibility
Slot#    BoardType        Result           Detail
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3        CR57LAXFB00      Compatible       NA
4        CR57LAXFB00      Compatible       NA
5        CR57EMGFB20      Compatible       NA
6        CR57EMGFB20      Compatible       NA
9        CR57SRU200A5     Compatible       NA
10       CR57SRU200A5     Compatible       NA
11       CR57SFU200C0     Compatible       NA
12       FRA200A          Compatible       NA
13       FRA200A          Compatible       NA

It’s very simple, isn’t it?

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from Huawei CLI – “arp-ping”

I have never used it but it looks interesting. Arp-ping lets us to check whether a specified IP address or MAC address is being used in a LAN. Intrigued, I opened Huawei eNSP simulator to check this feature. Results are not fully satisfied. As arp-ping IP works correctly, I cannot say the same about arp-ping MAC. There are some problems with communication between router and hosts. It looks like router does not receive ICMP Echo Reply packets from hosts in the LAN. I checked the same between router and switch “labnario_SW2″. Results look promising. Let’s pass on to the lab.

Labnario_RT config:

vlan batch 100 200
interface Vlanif100
 ip address 
interface Ethernet0/0/0
 port link-type trunk
 port trunk allow-pass vlan 100
interface GigabitEthernet0/0/1
 ip address

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from Huawei CLI – ping mac …, trace mac …

Huawei devices support generic MAC (GMAC) ping and trace on Layer 2 networks. Network administrators can use GMAC ping and trace functions to detect Layer 2 network faults, without configuring CFM.

ping mac mac-address vlan vlan-id [ interface interface-type interface-number | -c count | -s packetsize |-t timeout | -p priority-value ]

GMAC ping works at the same manner like 802.1ag MAC ping. It uses the Loopback Message and Loopback Reply (LBM/LBR) and is similar to ICMP ping function. GMAC ping can be used without configuring the MD (Maintenance Domain), MA (Maintenance Association), or MEP (Maintenance association End Point) on the source device, intermediate device, and destination device, as it is required when using 802.1ag. You only need to enable the GMAC function on the intermediate device. Therefore, GMAC ping is applicable to part of or a whole network without reference to MD, MA, and MEP configurations.

trace mac mac-address vlan vlan-id [ interface interface-type interface-number | -t timeout ] *

GMAC trace works at the same manner like 802.1ag MAC trace and uses Link Trace Message/Reply (LTR/LTM), so its function is similar to “trace route”. But GMAC trace can be implemented without configuring the MD, MA, or MEP on the source device, intermediate device, and the destination device. All the intermediate devices can respond with an LTR. Therefore, GMAC trace is applicable to part of or a whole network without reference to MD, MA, and MEP configurations.

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from Huawei CLI – lock and send

Today a few words about 2 simple but useful commands: lock and send.

LOCK – prevents unauthorized users from operating on the current terminal interface

SEND – enables the system to transfer messages between user interfaces

Let’s look how they work on Huawei S5700 switch.

Enter Password:
Confirm Password:

 Info: The terminal is locked. 

Enter Password:


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