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How to Access a Juniper Networks Device the First Time


Before you access any new Juniper Networks device, be sure to follow the quick start and initial setup instructions that came with the device.

When you power on a device running Junos OS Evolved, Junos OS Evolved automatically boots and starts.

To configure the device initially, you must connect a terminal or laptop computer to the device through the console port. Console port access to the device is enabled by default. Remote management access to the device and all management access protocols—such as Telnet, FTP, and SSH—are disabled by default.

To access a network device for the first time:

  1. Connect a laptop or a desktop PC to the console port on the front panel of the device.
  2. Power on the device and wait for it to boot.

    The software boots automatically. When the boot process is complete, you'll see the login: prompt on the console.

  3. Log in as the user root.

    Initially, you won't need a password for the root user account. The device prompt root@% indicates that you are the root user.

  4. Type cli to start the Junos OS Evolved CLI.
  5. Type configure to access CLI configuration mode.