Understanding Safe Defaults Mode and SNMP

The safe defaults mode runs an interactive script that allows you to enable or disable SNMP, Telnet, and switch ports.

When you set up your switch for the first time, you must connect to the console port to access the switch. After logging in to the switch, you enter safe defaults mode. Although SNMP, Telnet, and switch ports are enabled by default, the script prompts you to confirm those settings.

If you choose to keep the default setting for SNMP—the default setting is enabled—the switch returns the following interactive script:

Since you have chosen less secure management methods, please remember to increase the security of your network by taking the following actions:
* change your admin password
* change your SNMP public and private strings
* consider using SNMPv3 to secure network management traffic

For more detailed information about safe defaults mode, see Using Safe Defaults Mode.