Proper way to turn off and turn on a Cisco 2960x switch

Posted on 2014-08-17
Last Modified: 2014-08-23
Our company just installed a Cisco 2960x switch and we need to do a power maintenance on the coming weekend. It seems that there is no power button on the Cisco 2960x switch and my questions are:

1) What is the proper and safe way to power off the Cisco 2960x switch assuming that we have save the running config to the startup config ?

2) What is the proper way to power back on the Cisco 2960x switch ?

Thank you so much for your kind advice in advance.

Question by:patricktam
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    by:John Hurst
    When a device like this has no power button, I always unplug the main power cable at the AC outlet. I do NOT unplug from the device in order not to put wear or strain on that connector.  So then you would turn back on by plugging in at the AC outlet.

    Expert Comment

    Make sure that you run a write memory/copy run start command before power cycling the device in the above mentioned manner I order to insure you do not lose any custom configurations.
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    Make sure you have saved current running config and that's it. CISCO 2960x does not have any power on-off button. To be on the safe side, backup config from switch to your PC using TFTP server.
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    If you do not have a TFTP  server login to the switch and copy the running config. these machines weren't meant to be turned off so plugin out the power is your only option
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    Resetting the Switch

    Follow these steps to reset your switch. These are reasons why you might want to reset the switch:

        You installed the switch in your network and cannot connect to it because you assigned the wrong IP address.
        You want to reset the password on the switch.


        Resetting the switch reboots the switch.

    To reset the switch:

        Press and hold the Mode button. The switch LEDs begin blinking after about 3 seconds.
        Continue holding down the Mode button. The LEDs stop blinking after 7 more seconds, and then the switch reboots.

    The switch now operates like an unconfigured switch. You can enter the switch IP information by using Express Setup.

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    Thanks for the advice.

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