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How to reset password for Cisco Catalyst 2960 series switches ?

by Nadia01    Jan 20, 2014, 3:53 AM   edited Jan 20, 2014, 3:55 AM

If you have difficult for recovery cisco 2960 password, you can follow this method : ... »

1. Connect a terminal or PC with terminal-emulation software to the switch console port.
2. Set the line speed on the emulation software to 9600 baud.
3. Power off the switch. Reconnect the power cord to the switch and within 15 seconds, press the Mode button while the System LED is still flashing green. Continue pressing the Mode button until the System LED turns briefly amber and then solid green. Then release the Mode button.
4. Initialize the Flash file system using the flash_init command.
5. Load any helper files using the load_helper command.
6. Display the contents of Flash memory using the dir flash command:

The switch file system appears:
Directory of flash:
13 drwx 192 Mar 01 1993 22:30:48 c2960-lanbase-mz.122-25.FX
11 -rwx 5825 Mar 01 1993 22:31:59 config.text
18 -rwx 720 Mar 01 1993 02:21:30 vlan.dat
16128000 bytes total (10003456 bytes free)

7. Rename the configuration file to config.text.old, which contains the password definition, using the rename flash:config.text flash:config.text.old command.
8. Boot the system with the boot command.
9. You are prompted to start the setup program. Enter N at the prompt, and then when the system prompts whether to continue with the configuration dialog, enter N.
10. At the switch prompt, enter privileged EXEC mode using the enable command.
11. Rename the configuration file to its original name using the rename flash:config.text.old flash:config.text command.
12. Copy the configuration file into memory using the copy flash:config.text system:running-config command. After this command has been entered, the follow is displayed on the console:

Source filename [config.text]?
Destination filename [running-config]?

Press Return in response to the confirmation prompts. The configuration file is now reloaded, and you can change the password.

13. Enter global configuration mode using the configure terminal command.
14. Change the password using the enable secretpassword command.
15. Return to privileged EXEC mode using the exit command.
16. Write the running configuration to the startup configuration file using the copy running-config startup-config command.
17. Reload the switch using the reload command.

Note: Like Cisco WS-C2960S-24TS-S switch, you can also follow this method. ... »

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