How to Connect Cisco Switches/Routers with Cisco Network Assistant

This post is about how to configure a Cisco standalone Device so that it may be connected with Cisco Network Assistant (CNA) Successfully.
In production Networks, Cisco devices are often configured with basic required configuration for successful connection of CNA with the Cisco Devices and most of the time you do not need to configure them specially for CNA Connection.So for successful connectivity between a Cisco Device and a PC with CNA Installed is two part process.First of all we focus on how to configure a Cisco Switch then we will install CNA on a PC and Connect it with the switch.
Configure a Switch with ip http server command in Global Configuration mode
Switch(config)#ip http server
Define a Vlan and SVI, assign an IP Address from a Private IP Address Range so that it can be connected with CNA. Here I am configuring VLAN 100, with SVI 100 and IP Address Subnet as 172.16.100.0/24
Switch>en
Switch#config t
Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End with CNTL/Z.
Switch(config)#vlan 100
Switch(config-vlan)#exit
Switch(config)#interface vlan 100


%LINK-5-CHANGED: Interface Vlan100, changed state to up
Switch(config-if)#ip add 172.16.100.1 255.255.255.0
This was all the configs on a Switch/router, now download Cisco CNA from here and install on your PC.
Connect an Ethernet Cross Over Cable with your PC’s Network Interface card and the other end with any of the Switch’s Fast Ethernet port.
Set the IP Address of PC’s NIC as shown in the snap below
Launch CNA by double clicking its icon on your PC’s Desktop
Click on Connect Icon, Enter the IP Address of the Switch, that we just have configured (172.16.100.1).
Click OK and You are connected to the Switch.

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