Backing Up Cisco Switches

I need a quick refresher in backing up Cisco switches and routers.  Onece I logon do I need to be in "Enable" mode?  What is the command to backup a configuration and save it to my desktop.
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
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Soulja53 6F 75 6C 6A 61 Commented:
Yes, you need to be in enable mode. You can just enter terminal length 0 and then use putty or similar tool to send the output to a text file when you run sh running-config or show startup-config.

You can also just install a tftp server onto your desktop and do
copy startup-config tftp://x.x.x.x/filenameyoumake

or

copy running-config tftp://x.x.x.x/filenameyoumake

x.x.x.x being the ip address of your desktop where the tftp server is running.

There are also other copy options.
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iNetSystemAuthor Commented:
Soulja - please confirm the steps after enable.  I am using Putty and am in Enable mode.  Do I actually type as a command:

terminal length 0
sh running-config

If these are the steps how do I dump it to a file, using Putty? What settings in Putty allow this?

Thanks!
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Yes.  Its in the screenshots link above :)

It is a guide to use to backup via putty
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Soulja53 6F 75 6C 6A 61 Commented:
Yep, NRhode's screenshots have the procedure I am talking about.
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iNetSystemAuthor Commented:
Very helpful and thx.  couple more quick qestions.

1) what is the proper command to go back one level from the Enable prompt?
2) when Putty saves the session it includes the logon name at the beginning along with our warning and disclaimer and at the end I am again at the prompt.

Is this a valid configuration to restore or in the event I need to restore from this backup would I remove everything before "version 15.1" and after "end" at...the end?
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Soulja53 6F 75 6C 6A 61 Commented:
1) what is the proper command to go back one level from the Enable prompt?

Exit

2) when Putty saves the session it includes the logon name at the beginning along with our warning and disclaimer and at the end I am again at the prompt.
Is this a valid configuration to restore or in the event I need to restore from this backup would I remove everything before "version 15.1" and after "end" at...the end?


This is an okay method, but I would prefer copying the configs to tftp, you won't have to worry about removing unnecessary output. Restoring from tftp is much cleaner also.
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iNetSystemAuthor Commented:
When I type Exit the Putty session ends.  I thought there was a command to go back to the non-privileged prompt.
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
As stated by Soulja, I actually backup my configs using TFTP.  Its a quick download and very easy to use.

A simple guide:  http://www.petri.co.il/csc_use_tftp_to_backup_your_cisco_router_configurations.htm#
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Soulja53 6F 75 6C 6A 61 Commented:
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iNetSystemAuthor Commented:
So I am pretty clear on getting this in a notepad.txt file via Putty and have now installed a TFTP client.  When I used the command abouve from Soulja (copy running-config tftp://x.x.x.x/filenameyoumake) is open the file in notepad and the format is different.  Does copying it via TFTP preserve only the original configuration without any additional header information?
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Soulja53 6F 75 6C 6A 61 Commented:
Yes copying tftp preserves the configuration copied. It's the cleanest method to backup anf restore configs.
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