What is the fastest way to "Ghost" a Cisco router?

Posted on 2009-05-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Of course one can copy and paste config.  But I find this not to always be efficient as one part of config may be dependent on config further down.  What is the best way to clone a router?
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The config is just a file that lives on the nvram. Typically you can copy it with tftp.

What router model?

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2811 is the immediate one.  So 'copy tftp nvram' ..and the file name would be "startup-config"?  Is that all?  I see the following in nvra:

vny-c2811-1#sho file information nvram:?
nvram:IOS-Self-Sig#3201.cer  nvram:IOS-Self-Sig#3202.cer  nvram:IOS-Self-Sig#3203.cer  nvram:ifIndex-table
nvram:private-config         nvram:startup-config         nvram:underlying-config

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copy running-config tftp:
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So the process would be...

On router A (to be cloned) - copy running-conf tftp:  ;copies file to ftp server

On tftp server rename the file to startup-config.

On router B (the new clone) - copy tftp nvram:         ;copy startup-config from tftp server to new router

Reboot router B

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Yes basically. In the interest of being complete though the actual command would be:

copy running-config tftp <tftp-server-address> <filename>

If I recall you can omit the filename parameter and it will default to running-config anyway, but I could be wrong, it's been a while 8).

Then copy back to the new router:

copy tftp running-config <tftp-server-address> <filename>

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Sorry I should have been saying startup-config, although the above would work, you'd just have to remember to write runing to startup before powering down :)

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