Technical Documentation

Configuring a User Account on a Device Running JUNOS Software

This topic describes how to log on to a device running JUNOS Software using a root account and configure a new user account. You can configure an account for your own use or create a test account.

To configure a user account on the device:

  1. Log in as root and enter configuration mode:
    root@host> configure[edit]root@host#

    The prompt in brackets ([edit]), also known as a banner, shows that you are in configuration edit mode, at the top of the hierarchy.

  2. Change to the [edit system login] section of the configuration:
    [edit]root@host# edit system login [edit system login]root@host#

    The prompt in brackets changes to [edit system login] to show you are at a new level in the hierarchy.

  3. Now add a new user account:
    [edit system login]root@host# edit user nchen

    This example adds an account nchen (for Nathan Chen), but you can use any account name.

  4. Configure a full name for the account. If the name includes spaces, enclose the entire name in quotation marks (" " ):
    [edit system login user nchen]root@host# set full-name "Nathan Chen"
  5. Configure an account class. The account class sets the user access privileges for the account.
    [edit system login user nchen]root@host# set class super-user
  6. Configure an authentication method and password for the account:
    [edit system login user nchenroot@host# set authentication plain-text-password New password: Retype new password:

    When the new password prompt appears, enter a clear-text password that the system will encrypt, and then confirm the new password.

  7. Commit the configuration:
    [edit system login user nchen]root@host# commit commit complete

    Configuration changes are not activated until you commit the configuration. If the commit is successful, a commit complete message appears.

  8. Return to the top level of the configuration, and then exit:
    [edit system login user nchen]root@host# top [edit]root@host# exit Exiting configuration mode
  9. Log out of the device:
    root@host> exit % logout Connection closed.
  10. To test your changes, log back in with the user account and password you just configured:
    login: nchenPassword: password--- JUNOS 8.3-R1.1 built 2005-12-15 22:42:19 UTCnchen@host>

    When you log in, you should see the new username at the command prompt.

You have successfully used the CLI to view the device status and perform a simple configuration change. Now you are ready to learn more about the CLI. See the related topics listed in this section for more information about the JUNOS CLI features.

Note: For complete information about the commands to issue to configure your device, including examples, see the JUNOS Software configuration guides.

Published: 2010-01-17