You do not know if the switch configuration has been saved:
If an asterisk (*) precedes the command prompt, a new change to the switch configuration has not been saved. To save the configuration, use the save configuration command. After you save the configuration, the asterisk (*) no longer precedes the command prompt.
You do not know if you are logged in as an administrator or a user:
Observe the console prompt. If you are logged in as an administrator, the prompt ends with the hash symbol (#). If you are logged in as a user, the prompt ends with a greater than sign (>).
The following is sample output from an administrator-level account:
The following is sample output from a user-level account: