Cisco 6500 (Backup and recovery)


I have to do some work in the next few weeks on some 6500 Series Switches.
I've only got to take a backup, load in a new config, if there's a problem Roll it back.

If I want to backup the running-config to flash, what is the syntax
copy running-config flash:/backup.cfg
for example

For example, I only ask because the 6500 seems to have a different flash configuration to every other Cisco switch I've ever worked on.

And comments like
"Note: The Cisco IOS® software concept of a startup configuration and a running configuration does not apply here."

do not fill me with confidence

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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantAsked:
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ffleismaSenior Network EngineerCommented:
disk0 is the flash memory drive which you can remove from one 6500 to another

bootflash is internal to the supervisor and is local only to the machine.

but in any case, you can use either when saving configuration, it should have enough memory space to accommodate back up configurations
ffleismaSenior Network EngineerCommented:
6500#copy running-config disk0:
Destination filename [running-config]? backup-config

106332 bytes copied in 12.392 secs (8581 bytes/sec)
6500#dir dsik
6500#dir disk
6500#dir disk0:
Directory of disk0:/

    1  -rw-      106332  Mar 11 2014 21:24:26 +00:00  backup-config

1022590976 bytes total (1022476288 bytes free)

this is what i did on our 6500, i backs-up the configuration of disk0:, this is the flash memory which is removable if you have it

let me know it this helps

personally, you can also try uploading running configuration on tftp (either a server in your network or your PC running tftpd32)
ffleismaSenior Network EngineerCommented:
disk0: is this guy
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantAuthor Commented:

Thanks, sorry for the late follow up, I thought as much, but I'm starting in a Datacenter at 22:00 on a saturday night and I don't want to have a drama.

>>personally, you can also try uploading running configuration on tftp (either a server in your network or your PC running tftpd32)

Oh I agree - I prefer 3cdaemon it's my usual weapon for firewalls, but I don't know if I will have a free Ethernet port on the correct VLAN to just 'jab' my laptop in. I will want to do BOTH if I can.

So is there any difference between,,,

copy running-config disk0:
copy running-config bootflash:

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