Pix 515E (floppyless) with unknown passwords. Followed several suggestions to reset password. Stuck at tftp.
Followed directions from: http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/110/34.shtml
as well as others.
Pix515E version 6.3 (verified from console)
Downloaded np63.bin file to tftp root
Started Solarwinds tFtp - ip address 192.168.1.2
Connected cross-over cable from interface 1 to nic on tftp server machine (same as console machine)
Consoled to Pix with Hyperterm Personal - at monitor prompt
entered the following commands:
ping 192.168.1.2 (100% successful)
At this point it states: tftp firstname.lastname@example.org and NOTHING. no dots, no activity on the tftp server of a connection, no errors. Let it sit 15 minutes 'just in case it was a slow day' and received squat. Unable to break out of command.
From what I've read, if the .bin file is incorrect, erratic behavior is not out of the norm, but usually has to do with not receiving the "clear password" prompt or (god forbid) an actual error message. I also learned a pix can be configured not to allow a password reset but instead a prompt to erase config. I'd welcome this at this point.
This pix has more acl rules that I wish to remember and they all need to be changed to new internal ip addresses. Redoing this from scratch is a cause for concern and one that I'd like to avoid. No Cisco smart-net/support for this device with this client.
I verified the following information:
tftp server is working (used another win-based pc and connected vai tftp command and received a file)
tftp server is configured to be wide-open
crossover cable is good (tested on other systems)
no firewall running on pc
I've tried using different ip addresses, defining a gateway (i'm on the same subnet, same cable)
I did not try defining a subnet on the pix (is it possible?)
I'm unable to ping the pix from the pc, but can ping the pc from the pix
It's friday, I'm back onsite to attack this monday. help greatly appreciated! I'm hoping I overlooked something simple here.