enable telnet

enable telnet


Enables external Telnet services on the system.

Syntax Description

This command has no arguments or variables.



Usage Guidelines

You must be logged in as an administrator to enable or disable Telnet.

ExtremeXOS 11.2 introduces the concept of safe defaults mode. 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 Telnet—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 

In addition, you can return to safe defaults mode by issuing the following command: configure safe-default-script

If you return to safe defaults mode, you must answer the questions presented during the interactive script.

For more detailed information about safe defaults mode, see the Using Safe Defaults Mode section in the Switch Engine 32.3 User Guide .


With administrator privilege, the following command enables Telnet services on the switch:

enable telnet


This command was first available in ExtremeXOS 11.0.

Platform Availability

This command is available on ExtremeSwitching 5320, 5420, 5520, and 5720 series switches.