Administrative status of Interface on 2960 switch

Going through a practice test and came across a question about how to view the “administrative status” of an interface on a 2960 switch.

What is meant by administrative status? Is this referring to line protocol?

Sample output from a show interfaces command below from my 2821 router. I was looking for a literal meaning but no administrative status found in output.

GigabitEthernet0/0 is up, line protocol is up
Hardware is MV96340 Ethernet, address is xxxx.xxxx.xxxx (bia xxxx.xxxx.xxxx)
Internet address is x.x.x.x/24
MTU 1500 bytes, BW 1000000 Kbit/sec, DLY 10 usec,
reliability 255/255, txload 1/255, rxload 1/255
Encapsulation ARPA, loopback not set
Keepalive set (10 sec)
Full Duplex, 1Gbps, media type is T
output flow-control is XON, input flow-control is XON
ARP type: ARPA, ARP Timeout 04:00:00
Last input 00:00:19, output 00:00:08, output hang never
Last clearing of “show interface” counters never
Input queue: 0/75/0/0 (size/max/drops/flushes); Total output drops: 0
Queueing strategy: fifo
Output queue: 0/40 (size/max)
5 minute input rate 237000 bits/sec, 22 packets/sec
5 minute output rate 10000 bits/sec, 13 packets/sec
17851054 packets input, 808989141 bytes, 0 no buffer
Received 9 broadcasts (0 IP multicasts)
0 runts, 0 giants, 0 throttles
0 input errors, 0 CRC, 0 frame, 0 overrun, 0 ignored
0 watchdog, 0 multicast, 0 pause input
4765722 packets output, 374766123 bytes, 0 underruns
0 output errors, 0 collisions, 0 interface resets
0 unknown protocol drops
0 babbles, 0 late collision, 0 deferred
6791 lost carrier, 0 no carrier, 0 pause output
0 output buffer failures, 0 output buffers swapped out


Hi Donald,

I guess they refer to the line protocol status which can be up/down/err-disabled/administratively down.