Local manager and operator credentials

The information saved to the running-config file when the include-credentials command is entered includes:

password manager[user-name<name>]<hash type><pass-hash>
password operator[user-name<name>]<hash type><pass-hash>


name is an alphanumeric string for the user name assigned to the manager or operator.

<hash type> indicates the type of hash algorithm used: For example, SHA-1.

<pass hash> is the SHA-1 authentication protocol hash of the password or clear ASCII text.

For example, a manager user name and password can be stored in a runningconfig file as follows:

password manager user-name George SHA1 2fd4e1c67a2d28fced849ee1bb76e7391b93eb12

Use the write memory command to save the password configurations in the startup-config file. The passwords take effect when the switch boots with the software version associated with that configuration file.


If a startup configuration file includes other security credentials, but does not contain a manager or operator password, the switch will not have password protection and can be accessed through Telnet or the serial port of the switch with full manager privileges.