How to recover after "write erase"

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May 8th, 2007

I have a 9505, After running the write erase command, I can no longer log into the switch via telnet with the default admin password or the last configured password. Also I no longer get any activity over the serial connection to log in through serial. How can I reset this director back to factory defaults?

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stephen2615 Tue, 05/08/2007 - 18:48

Did you do the write erase and then reset the switch? That will revert the switch back to factory defaults which should not have a password. If so, you are not going to get to the switch with telnet/ssh.

How are you getting to the serial port? Assuming you have the right cable and a laptop, you should be able to power on the switch and see it boot with the serial connection. I assume you are using that nice blue Cisco cable. I have had a number of issues with other cables and terminal servers/dumb terminals. I found the Cisco cable and a laptop set to 8/1/N works.

Plug the cable into the top supervisor as it usually comes up first to make it the active card... if I recall that correctly. Its not something I do everyday.

Stephen

danashbaugh Wed, 05/09/2007 - 06:44

Yes I did reset the switch after the write erase. I do not think it reverted back to factory defaults though. I still get a login response when I telnet to the configured IP address, but no passwords seem to work. I have tried admin/admin as per the documentation defaults and the configured password, both reply with login incorrect. I have also tried no password.

I am using the supplied Cisco serial cable which I know works because I was connected serially when I sent the write erase command.

Since the command and system reset I have not seen any activity through the serial connection. I have tried both the top and bottom supervisor and neither show any activity when the switch boots up. I am using a windows laptop using hyperterm with 8/1/N settings as per the documentation.

Is there any other way to set factory defaults? I am out of ideas on how to recover this switch.

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