Cisco Firewalls “My Prompt has changed / Disappeared”


KB ID 0000226 Dtd 12/04/10


Whilst messing around with my home firewall, I noticed that it no longer displayed the hostname on the command prompt,I checked Telnet and SSH, the results were the same.


Option 1 from Command Line

I'd managed to change the default setting for "prompt"

1. Log into the Firewall > go to "enable" mode then "Configure Terminal" mode.

prompt ?

2. To change it back to the default, which is (hostname context) issue the following command.

prompt hostname context

Note: You would only see the context if you were in multiple mode! You can also add the following,

hostname - the firewalls name.
domain - The firewall configured domain name.
priority - Only when deployed in fail over mode. (pri - primary and sec - secondary).
state - Only when deployed in fail over mode. (act - active, stby - standby, actNoFailover - fail over not enabled and unit is active, and stbyNoFailover - fail over not enabled and unit is in standby).

Option 2 from ASDM

1. Open the ASDM and Navigate to Configuration > Device Management > Management Access > CLI Prompt > Add and Delete as applicable. (Screen shot shows the default).

Click for larger image. ASDM change firewall prompt

2. When done, click File > Save running configuration to flash.

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