I get this message on a new 2901 Cisco router:

Cisco Configuration Professional (Cisco CP) is installed on this device and it provides the default username "cisco" for one-time use. If you have already used the username "cisco" to login to the router and your IOS image supports the "one-time" user option, then this username has already expired. You will not be able to login to the router with this username after you exit this session.

It is strongly suggested that you create a new username with a privilege level of 15 using the following command.

username <myuser> privilege 15 secret 0 <mypassword>

Replace and with the username and password you want to use.

It appears every time I login and everytime I show run. I already set up my username. How do I turn it off?

  • The commands should be "username <myuser> privilege 15 secret 0 <mypassword>" and "no username cisco".
    – Skaperen
    Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 20:17
  • @Skaperen - that would be the markdown editor eating the extra words as if they were HTML tags Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 20:23

2 Answers 2


according to this : https://supportforums.cisco.com/thread/2001950

it may be related to the various banners of cisco configuration http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/ios/12_2/configfun/command/reference/frf004.html#wp1017571

try to find out if your 'banners' configurations contains the message


You"ll need to first remove the default banner which you can do in config mode in the CLI by issuing:

no banner login
no banner exec

Then you can configure your own.

Remember to save the running-configuration to the startup configuration once you are happy with the changes you have made, otherwise they will be lost the next time you power cycle the switch.

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