I pulled three Cisco routers out of storage to see if I could configure them for a new Point-to-Point T1. The routers had been configured for PtP before, but were put in storage after the remote offices moved back to the main office. (As detailed in another question, I've never worked with Cisco routers before as was looking forward to learning by doing...)
I found that they were password protected, so I started Cisco's password recovery procedure on one of the 1720s. <http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/474/pswdrec_1700.shtml
I got to the part were I could see the running-config and the unencrypted password. I had a hunch that that was the encrypted password as well and also the password for the other two routers, so I powered off the router (I had read that this was a way of avoiding changes being permantly written.)
I connected to the other routers and found I was right about the passwords...
But when I went back to the first router, it prompted me to go into the initial configuration! At the Router# prompt, it looks like all the running-config is gone. Or is it?
Did I permanently loose the configuration info? Or is it still in memory in a place I'm not familiar with?