The Ostname [Name] Cisco command

The Cisco command 'hostname [name]' is a fundamental configuration command utilized in Cisco networking devices, such as routers and switches, to assign or change the device's hostname. This hostname serves as a unique identifier for the device within the network, enabling network administrators and users to easily distinguish and address it.

To use the 'hostname [name]' command, enter the command followed by the desired hostname in the configuration mode of the device. The hostname can comprise up to 63 characters, including alphanumeric characters and hyphens, but it cannot begin or end with a hyphen.

The 'hostname [name]' command performs the following tasks:

  1. Assigns a unique hostname to the device. This hostname is used for identification purposes and becomes part of the device's network configuration.

  2. Updates the device's system information, including the hostname, in its configuration file. This ensures that the hostname change persists across reboots and system restarts.

  3. Propagates the hostname change to network protocols and services running on the device, such as Telnet, SSH, and SNMP. This enables network management tools and administrators to correctly identify and connect to the device using the new hostname.

The 'hostname [name]' command is available on a wide range of Cisco networking equipment, including routers, switches, and integrated services routers (ISRs). It is commonly used during the initial configuration of a new device or when changing the hostname of an existing device for various reasons, such as network reorganization or rebranding.

It's important to note that changing the hostname using the 'hostname [name]' command does not affect the device's IP address or other network settings. These settings remain unchanged and must be configured separately if necessary.

ostname [name] Usage Examples

The Cisco command hostname [name] is used to configure the hostname for a Cisco IOS device. The hostname is the name that is assigned to the device and is used to identify it on the network.

The following are some examples of how the hostname command can be used:

For example:


This will display the current hostname of the device.

Additional notes: