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Step 8: Perform Initial Software Configuration

This procedure connects the router to the network but does not enable it to forward traffic. For complete information about enabling the router to forward traffic, including examples, see the JUNOS Internet software configuration guides.

To configure the software, follow this procedure:

  1. Verify that the router is powered on as described in 7: Power On the Router.
  2. Log in as the “root” user. There is no password.
  3. Start the CLI.
  4. Enter configuration mode.
  5. Configure the name of the router. If the name includes spaces, enclose the name in quotation marks (“ ”).
  6. Configure the router's domain name.
  7. Configure the IP address and prefix length for the router's Ethernet interface.
  8. Configure the IP address of a backup router, which is used only while the routing protocol is not running.
  9. Configure the IP address of a DNS server.
  10. Set the root authentication password by entering either a clear-text password, an encrypted password, or an SSH public key string (DSA or RSA).

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  11. Optionally, display the configuration to verify that it is correct.
  12. Commit the configuration to activate it on the router.
  13. Optionally, configure additional properties by adding the necessary configuration statements. Then commit the changes to activate them on the router.
  14. When you have finished configuring the router, exit configuration mode.

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