Cisco .dat file

I am trying to view the config file for some switches and the onsite guy sent me the .dat file.  I know these are binary files for backup of the vlan, so is there a way to open them up and view them as clear text?
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RunningGagConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Agreed, as far as I know, the VLAN.dat file must be viewed from inside the switch when it is applied to the switch.

 I would recommend disconnecting your switch before applying the file so that you can view the configuration change before allowing it on your network.

A quick bit of information for you:

http://www.mcmcse.com/cisco/guides/vlandat.shtml
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shauncroucherConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I don't think you can view the vlan.dat file in RAW format, unless restored to a switch, and you can then see the VLAN information applied to your configuration. The switch processes the file and applies the configuration to the switch

Shaun
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BadPandaAuthor Commented:
Thank you both.  That was the answer I was expecting.  We aren't actually trying to change the configuration yet...just review it.
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Panda
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BadPandaAuthor Commented:
I found out that if the file is opened in wordpad that it is readable.  Who knew?
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