The switches covered in this guide use Secure Shell version 2 (SSHv2) to provide remote access to management functions on the switches via encrypted paths between the switch and management station clients capable of SSH operation.

SSH provides Telnet-like functions but, unlike Telnet, SSH provides encrypted, authenticated transactions. The authentication types include:
  • Client public-key authentication

  • Switch SSH and user password authentication


SSH in switches is based on the OpenSSH software toolkit. For more information on OpenSSH, visit http://www.openssh.com.