where is the running and startup configs stored

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Apr 21st, 2009

Hi all

where is the running and startup configs stored on my switches and routers, and can I see them in a directory ? I cannot see them in flash.

I have this problem too.
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NickNac79 Tue, 04/21/2009 - 05:31

Hi,

Startup config is held in flash.

e.g.

config.text

vlan.dat

private-config.text

Running config is in memory.

Nick

carl_townshend Tue, 04/21/2009 - 06:19

so, does the running config and startup config always have to be called that?

so you say the startup config will be called config.text ?

John Blakley Tue, 04/21/2009 - 06:23

Carl,

Try:

dir nvram:

Your startup config is called startup-config, and it has to be that that I'm aware of.

HTH,

John

NickNac79 Tue, 04/21/2009 - 06:26

Hi,

That is the name of the file in flash, yes.

No Startup-config and running-config cannot be renamed.

Nick

greg.washburn Tue, 04/21/2009 - 06:29

system:running-config

nvram:startup-config

to see them issue

dir system:

dir nvram:

nvram = flash basically

system = ram basically

carl_townshend Tue, 04/21/2009 - 07:44

so how come if I do, sh flash, its not shown in there ?

so is nvram really flash ?

NickNac79 Tue, 04/21/2009 - 23:37

Hi Carl,

Yes NVRAM is Flash Memory

(Non-Volatile RAM)

System: is a RAM drive.

Run the following commands:

dir system:

dir nvram:

dir flash:

You'll notice that the filesize of nvram:startup-config and flash:config.text are the same.

As are nvram:private-config and flash:private-config.text.

They're just two different ways of accessing the same files.

Was there a reason that you asked? Were you just curious or did you want to know how to do something?

Nick

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