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I can't logon to my Cisco 3500 Series switch

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I need to get onto some network Cisco 3500 switches and don't have the username and password documented. Is there anyway of getting onto these devices without flattening them back to factory default settings?
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Senior infrastructure engineer
Top Expert 2012
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Jimmy Larsson, CISSP, CEHNetwork and Security consultant
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Hello

If you do a password recovery you will startup the switch without the config loaded and will get into the switch. But it will still be there so that you (after you have got access to it) can see the startup-config and choose between either wipe it out or save and use it again.

So yes, you need to temporary start the switch with factory default settings, but no, you dont have to loose the old config.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/ps628/products_password_recovery09186a0080094184.shtml

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Kvistofta
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For backup purposes and to be on the safe side how do I copy the switch configuration to notepad?
Ernie BeekSenior infrastructure engineer
Top Expert 2012
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Well, following the links we posted you rename the config to safeguard it.
Otherwise you could do a: copy flash:config.text tftp:
And save the file to a tftp server.
Not sure if the 3500 supports that so you might want to check first. Perhaps Kvistofta can help me out here?
Jimmy Larsson, CISSP, CEHNetwork and Security consultant

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Follow the directions in the link provided above. Before step 12, enter "show run" and you will get the entire config on screen. Copy the text (make sure you get all pages!) and paste it into an empty text document on your computer.

Best regards
Kvistota
Ernie BeekSenior infrastructure engineer
Top Expert 2012

Commented:
@Kvistofta: Thx :)
Jimmy Larsson, CISSP, CEHNetwork and Security consultant

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np. ;)
CTCRMInfrastructure Engineer

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All good