Cisco Switch OLD how to gain access
Posted on 2014-12-22
I have a set of three Cisco 3500XL's that are OLD and in place here at my office. The previous IT admin here retired and moved to Florida some 5 years ago. The Switches as far as i can tell are from 1997. (Manufacturers date) and have not been rebooted since 2001. I need to gain access into the enable on the switches, no one here knows what the passwords are for the enable, i know about 10 years ago i had a friend that knew a way to get into them without blowing away the configuration. I would like the ability to do the same, i have physical access to them, and they are being replaced with new juniper 1GB POE switches, but i would like to continue to use them on our test network.
So the questions is?:
1. Can i access enable without hard resetting them? how?
2. Can i hard reset them to access enable without wiping the CISCO IOS?
They are far from under warranty..