Menu’s in IOS

I recently had to build a menu for a customer. It’s not something I do often, but they can be pretty handy. In this example there are two menu’s; OutOfBand and a sub-menu call Help-Menu. You can have the menu’s automatically invoked by adding

under your VTY’s.

The IP address 198.51.100.200 should be the IP address assigned to a loopback and routed in your network. Experienced engineers can then telnet directly to a device without having to go through the menu. If you want to force people to use the menu assign the loopback a non-routeable IP address [e.g. 169.254.0.1].