We all know how easy it is to work with Cisco CLI. It feels natural once you get used to it. But not many know that there is a webpage based GUI to manage Cisco Catalyst Switch. Albeit simple they provide easy to use interface for novices who do not know the CLI. This is a how-to article to help you enable and start using the web based GUI.
If it is a fresh device you may have to create an SVI and assign an IP address. Switch#configure terminal
Switch(config)#interface vlan 1
Switch(config-intf)#ip address 10.0.0.100
I have chosen VLAN 1 but you can choose any other VLAN, provided you have reachability between your computer and the switch.
Once the IP address is given try pinging 10.0.0.100 from your computer. If it is successful then you are good to go. In case you don’t get a successful ping result then you need to make sure you have physical connectivity to your switch and your computer is connected to an interface which belongs to VLAN 1 (or any other in your case).
Enable HTTP service on the switch:
Switch(config)#ip http service
Now open a web browser and type in http://10.0.0.100 and go. Volla! you have got your switch web GUI. Play around and see what you can do.