Solved

Cisco 2801 Copy Flash Card

Posted on 2012-03-15
13
1,040 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I had a flashcard in my 2801 go corrupt.  TAC sent me a new one.
I need to get a bootable image on this %$*@ card!!  Xmodem, tftpdnld, nothing has worked.  I am told it is uber-easy to do with a working 2801, so OK, tell me how that works!

I have a working 2801 in another building.  Do I shut it off, pull the flash, put mine in, and boot up?  Doesn't make sense.  But I'm willing to try anything....
0
Comment
Question by:dougp23
  • 7
  • 5
13 Comments
 
LVL 22

Expert Comment

by:Matt V
ID: 37725242
You could try copying the working one to the new one using a card reader on a PC.

But you should be able to boot with it in the existing router, and it should ask you to do a basic config.  Once you config it, you should be able to tftp etc with no issues.
0
 
LVL 50

Expert Comment

by:Don Johnston
ID: 37725300
If the router has sufficent bootflash to hold the IOS image, put the new card in a functioning router and copy bootflash:<filename> disk0: (or slot):

This will walk you though the process.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/routers/access/1800/1841/software/configuration/guide/b_image.html

Another way I've done in the past is:

1) Remove the card from the functioning router (do NOT turn the router off).
2) Insert the card into the new router.
3) Power on the new router.
4) Once the new router has booted up, remove the card and reinstall it in the functioning router.

From that point on you can put the new flash card in the new router, configure the router and and copy the IOS from a TFTP server to the new flash card.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:dougp23
ID: 37726157
Don, this doesn't harm EITHER router or FLASH card?  I thought Cisco didn't like people swapping the flash with them running?  Or am I thinking of something else?
0
 
LVL 50

Expert Comment

by:Don Johnston
ID: 37726599
Some line and feature cards shouldn't be removed when running. But flash cards are fine.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:dougp23
ID: 37728998
Well I did this yesterday, and when I re-inserted the flash card in the running router, it hanged....SO I had to reboot it!  Kind of ugly, it was the router with my ISDN card.  No one seemed to notice!

Also, when I had my NEW router up, I went into setup, gave it an IP and all that, then tried the 'copy tftp' stuff, but noticed the router was sending out the OLD IP addy (from the working router).  SO I rebooted, and wound up right back at rommon!!   Funny, but frustrating!!

So, get the new router up with the flash card from the working router.  then what?  remove the flash card, put in the new bare bones one, and maybe do a 'wr mem' to at least save my new params?

Just looking for a little more assistance!
0
 
LVL 50

Accepted Solution

by:
Don Johnston earned 405 total points
ID: 37729021
This all assumes that the existing router has an IOS image on the flash card.

When you put the flash card with the IOS image on it in the new router and power it up, the router should boot up with it's previous configuration (assuming it was configured).

I haven't touched a 2800 in a while but IIRC, the config is in NVRAM and shouldn't be on flash. But it's possible.  

Another approach is to put the new flash card in the existing router and copy the IOS to the card from there.
0
Enabling OSINT in Activity Based Intelligence

Activity based intelligence (ABI) requires access to all available sources of data. Recorded Future allows analysts to observe structured data on the open, deep, and dark web.

 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:dougp23
ID: 37729173
Hey Don, yes the existing flash card has an IOS image on it.
And the new router DOES boot up, decompresses the flash image, all that.

But how do I copy that image back onto my NEW flash card?  

Thank you!
0
 
LVL 50

Expert Comment

by:Don Johnston
ID: 37729192
Once you have the blank flash card in a working router, "copy tftp flash". You will be prompted for the IP address of the TFTP server and the filename.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:dougp23
ID: 37729448
I'm giving up.  Back to TAC and their uselessness.

Blank card, "copy tftp flash", the tftp download never starts.  Times out.  I can ping the tftp server and the tftp server can ping the router.  'tftpdnld' in rommon gets to 73% and times out, everytime.

Someone told me I could put the image on a USB flash drive and plug it into the 2801, but that doesn't do anything either.
0
 
LVL 50

Expert Comment

by:Don Johnston
ID: 37729474
I've never done the USB trick. But it requires a later firmware (I don't know which one).

What TFTP server are you using? Many TFTP servers have problems once the file gets past 10Mb or so.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:dougp23
ID: 37730164
You're right, the USB thing does require a firmware update.  Which I don't want to attempt, since I can't even get this thing done, lol!

I have been trying with tftpd32, and using another router as a TFTP server.  Now I'm going to try spicework's solution....
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:dougp23
ID: 37730442
TAC is going to replace the whole router, lol!   Even they agree it shouldn't be this difficult at all, so who knows....
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:dougp23
ID: 37730447
Thanks for all the help and sticking with me!
0

Featured Post

IT, Stop Being Called Into Every Meeting

Highfive is so simple that setting up every meeting room takes just minutes and every employee will be able to start or join a call from any room with ease. Never be called into a meeting just to get it started again. This is how video conferencing should work!

Join & Write a Comment

In this tutorial I will show you with short command examples how to obtain a packet footprint of all traffic flowing thru your Juniper device running ScreenOS. I do not know the exact firmware requirement, but I think the fprofile command is availab…
Shadow IT is coming out of the shadows as more businesses are choosing cloud-based applications. It is now a multi-cloud world for most organizations. Simultaneously, most businesses have yet to consolidate with one cloud provider or define an offic…
After creating this article (http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/23699/Setup-Mikrotik-routers-with-OSPF.html), I decided to make a video (no audio) to show you how to configure the routers and run some trace routes and pings between the 7 sites…
After creating this article (http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/23699/Setup-Mikrotik-routers-with-OSPF.html), I decided to make a video (no audio) to show you how to configure the routers and run some trace routes and pings between the 7 sites…

705 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

19 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now