Cisco SSH Configuration With GNS3


SSH and Telnet are two protocol that we use to access routers and switches. Telnet is not a secure protocol but SSH is the secure way to connect a network device. Here, we will focus on Cisco SSH Configuration and we will learn How to Configure SSH with GNS3.


For our SSH Configuration, we will use the below simple topology. We will configure SSH on Router 1 and then we will try to access Router 1 from Router 2 with the configured credentials.


You can also check SSH Packet Tracer Configuration Example


Cisco SSH Configuration


On Router_1, we will configure SSH with the below commands. Here, firstly we will create user and then we will select the connection type of virtual terminals. After that we will assign access lists that shows the allowed IP addresses for SSH. With this ACL, we will allow only specific IP addresses for SSH.


Router# configure terminal

Router_1(config)# username ipcisco password ipcisco_1      //Creating user for SSH

Router_1(config)# line vty 0 7                                                               //Configuring VTY ports

Router_1(config-line)# transport input ssh                                    //Type of connection

Router_1(config-line)# access-class 1 in                                          //Access-list to filter SSH capable IPs

Router_1(config-line)# login local                                                      //Authentication with user&paswrd

Router_1(config)# access-list 1 permit    //Permitted IPs

Router_1(config)# interface gi0/0

Router_1(config-if)# ip address

Router_1(config-if)# no shutdown

Router_1(config)# enable password cisco                                        //Enable password

Router_1(config)# ip domain-name IPCISCO                                //Creating domain name

Router_1(config)# crypto key generate rsa                                     //Generating key for SSH

*Mar xx 07:57:13.993: %SSH-5-ENABLED: SSH 1.99 has been enabled



On Router_2, we will configure only the ip address for the connection.


Router_2(config)# interface GigabitEthernet0/0
Router_2(config-if)# ip address
Router_2(config-if)# no shutdown


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Configuration Verification


To verify our Cisco SSH Configuration, we will try to start an SSH connection from Router_2 to Router_1. To do this, we will use “ssh -l username ip-address” command. Here, our username is ipcisco and the ip address of Router_1 interface is After this command, we will enter the configured password ipcisco_1 to access the Router_1.


Above, we have also configured enable password. Do not mix these two passwords. Login password is used to login the router and this is configured with SSH. Enable password is used to enter config mode.


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