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Recover password Cisco Catalyst Switch 2950/2970


Power of the switch. Hold down the mode button located on the left side of the front panel, reconnect the power cable to the switch. After few seconds you can see switch: prompt: then release the Mode button when the Status (STAT) LED goes out. (When you release the Mode button, the SYST LED blinks amber).

1. The following instructions appear:
  The system has been interrupted prior to initializing the
   flash filesystem.  The following commands will initialize
   the flash filesystem, and finish loading the operating
   system software:
       flash_init
       load_helper
       boot
   switch:

2. Now follow the following command

switch: flash_init
switch: dir flash
switch: rename flash:config.text flash:config.old
switch: boot

3. Enter "n" at the prompt to start the setup program

--- System Configuration Dialog ---
   At any point you may enter a question mark '?' for help.
   Use ctrl-c to abort configuration dialog at any prompt.
   Default settings are in square brackets '[]'.
   Continue with configuration dialog? [yes/no]: n

    !--- Press Return or Enter.
 
    Switch>
 
    !--- The Switch> prompt is displayed.

      switch>en
      switch#

4. Type rename flash:config.old flash:config.text to rename the configuration file with its original name.

    Switch#rename flash:config.old flash:config.text
                Destination filename [config.text]
    Switch#

5. Copy the configuration file into memory

       Switch#copy flash:config.text system:running-config

6. Change the password


      Switch#configure terminal
      Switch(config)#no enable secret
      Switch(config)#enable secret Cisco
      Switch(config)#end

7. Write the into the memory.

          Switch#write memory
                 Building configuration...
                 [OK]
        Switch#

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