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About This Guide

About This Guide

This chapter discusses the objectives, audience, organization, and conventions of the Dial Solutions Quick Configuration Guide.

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Document Objectives

This quick configuration guide describes the tasks you perform to solve common business problems with dial networking technologies. It presents the most common dial access tasks in a format that enables you to configure your access server quickly for the most common tasks. It does not describe every feature, but describes those tasks that you most likely need to do to configure your access server.

This guide begins with a case study followed by configuration scenarios. It also references detailed configuration options described in the Cisco IOS configuration guides and command references so that you can refer to these other documents for additional information.

Prerequisites

This guide assumes you understand the task for which your access server was purchased.

The configuration options indicated in this quick configuration guide are the recommended methods for performing the specified tasks. Although they are typically the easiest or the most straightforward method, they are not the only methods of configuring these tasks. If you know of another configuration method not presented in this guide, you can use it.

Audience

This guide is intended primarily for the following audiences:

Document Organization

This guide has two parts:

Document Conventions

This document uses the following conventions:

Convention Description

^ or  Ctrl

Represents the Control key. For example, when you read ^D or Ctrl-D, you should hold down the Control key while you press the D key. Keys are indicated in capital letters but are not case sensitive.

string

A string is defined as a nonquoted set of characters. For example, when setting an SNMP community string to public, do not use quotation marks around the string; otherwise, the string will include the quotation marks.

Examples use the following conventions:

Convention Description

screen

Shows an example of information displayed on the screen.

boldface screen

Shows an example of information that you must enter.

<          >

Nonprinting characters, such as passwords, appear in angled brackets.

!

Exclamation points at the beginning of a line indicate a comment line. They are also displayed by the Cisco IOS software for certain processes.

[          ]

Default responses to system prompts appear in square brackets.

The following conventions are used to attract the reader's attention:

Caution Means reader be careful. In this situation, you might do something that could result in equipment damage or loss of data.

Note Means reader take note. Notes contain helpful suggestions or references to materials not contained in this manual.
TimeSaver Means the described action saves time. You can save time by performing the action described in the paragraph.

Command Syntax Conventions

Command descriptions use the following conventions:

Convention Description

boldface

Indicates commands and keywords that are entered literally as shown.

italics

Indicates arguments for which you supply values; in contexts that do not allow italics, arguments are enclosed in angle brackets (< >).

[x]

Keywords or arguments that appear within square brackets are optional.

{x | y | z}

A choice of required keywords (represented by x, y, and z) appears in braces separated by vertical bars. You must select one.

[x {y | z}]

Braces and vertical bars within square brackets indicate a required choice within an optional element. You do not need to select one. If you do, you have some required choices.

Where to Go for More Information

Refer to the following list of resources:

Cisco Connection Online

Cisco Connection Online (CCO) is Cisco Systems' primary, real-time support channel. Maintenance  customers and partners can self-register on CCO to obtain additional information and services.

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, CCO provides a wealth of standard and value-added services to Cisco's customers and business partners. CCO services include product information, product documentation, software updates, release notes, technical tips, the Bug Navigator, configuration notes, brochures, descriptions of service offerings, and download access to public and authorized files.

CCO serves a wide variety of users through two interfaces that are updated and enhanced simultaneously: a character-based version and a multimedia version that resides on the World Wide Web (WWW). The character-based CCO supports Zmodem, Kermit, Xmodem, FTP, and Internet e-mail, and it is excellent for quick access to information over lower bandwidths. The WWW version of CCO provides richly formatted documents with photographs, figures, graphics, and video, as well as hyperlinks to related information.

You can access CCO in the following ways:

For a copy of CCO's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), contact cco-help@cisco.com. For additional information, contact cco-team@cisco.com.

Technical Assistance Center

If you are a network administrator and need personal technical assistance with a Cisco product that is under warranty or covered by a maintenance contract, contact Cisco's Technical Assistance Center (TAC) at 800 553-2447 or 408 526-7209, or tac@cisco.com. Emergency technical assistance
(for network-down or severe network problems) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For popular configuration tips and hints gathered from Cisco's Technical Assistance Center (TAC), go to the Hot Tips home page at the following URL. This URL is subject to change without notice.

http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/701/

If you choose to telephone the TAC for help, have the following information ready:

European Technical Assistance Center

Cisco and its European Service Partners coordinate all customer service in Europe, including hardware and software telephone technical support, onsite service, and module exchange and repair. For more information, contact the European TAC.

European TAC numbers and e-mail address are as follows:

Documentation Set

The Cisco IOS software documentation set is shown in the following figure:


Figure 1: Cisco IOS Software Documentation Modules

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