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Performing Software Configurations on the ACX6360

Performing the Initial Software Configuration for the ACX6360

Before you begin connecting and configuring an ACX6360, set the following parameter values on the management console or console server:

  • Baud Rate—9600

  • Flow Control—None

  • Data—8

  • Parity—None

  • Stop Bits—1

  • DCD State—Disregard

You must perform the initial configuration of the ACX6360 through the console port by using the Junos OS command-line interface (CLI).

To connect and configure the ACX6360 from the console:

  1. Connect the console port to a laptop or PC by using the supplied RJ-45 cable and RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter. The console port (labeled CON) is located on the management panel of the ACX6360 (see Connecting the ACX6360 to a Management Console for more information).
  2. Log in as root. There is no password. If the software boots before you connected to the console port, you might need to press the Enter key for the prompt to appear.
  3. Start the CLI.
  4. Enter configuration mode.
  5. Add a password to the root administration user account.
  6. (Optional) Configure the name of the ACX6360. If the name includes spaces, enclose the name in quotation marks (“ ”).
  7. Configure the default gateway.
  8. Configure the IP address and prefix length for the management interface.

    Although the CLI permits you to configure two management Ethernet interfaces within the same subnet, only one interface is usable and supported at a time.


    The management port em0 is on the port panel and the management port em2 is on the FRU end of the device.

  9. (Optional) Configure the static routes to remote prefixes with access to the management port.
  10. Enable the Telnet service.

    When Telnet is enabled, you cannot log in to an ACX6360 through Telnet by using root credentials. Root login is allowed only for SSH access.

  11. Enable SSH service for root login.
  12. Commit the configuration to activate it on the device.

Changing Operational Modes on the ACX6360

The ACX6360 can be used as either a transponder or a router. As a transponder, the ACX6360-OX has 16 100-Gbps ports that provide 1-to-1 cross-connects for pass-through connections of client interface traffic to line optical interfaces. As a router the ACX6360-OR provides IP/MPLS routing services.

The mode that the ACX6360 operates in, is determined by the software installed on the chassis. Each mode has its own Junos OS software.

  • Router mode—Install the junos-vmhost-base8-install-acxor-x86-64 image.

  • Transponder mode—Install the junos-vmhost-base8-install-acxox-x86-64 image.


For information on installing Junos OS, see Software Installation and Upgrade Guide.

To change the ACX6360 chassis from router mode to transponder mode, all you need to do is install the transponder mode Junos OS software. Also, when changing from transponder mode to router mode, all you need to do is install the router mode Junos OS software.


When you change the operational mode of the ACX6360, you lose all of the configuration settings that you configured in the previous mode. After changing modes, the system will come up in its factory (default) configuration.