4507:write erase then reload and NVRAM config is still there!

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Aug 26th, 2009

This one I do not understand. Yesterday I did 'write erase' on (2) 4507, reload it and that worked fine, the configuration was deleted.

Today I have new set of 4507's. I do 'write erase', reload it, power cycle it and then I see the 'show run' configuration intact.

Image and platform is the same I successfully completed yesterday.

Any ideas what could be wrong?

(2) sup. iv engines like the one yesterday.

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Edison Ortiz Wed, 08/26/2009 - 12:27

When you reload, were you prompted to save config? and you said 'y'? If so, you copied the running config back to the startup config thus undoing the write erase routine.

news2010a Wed, 08/26/2009 - 12:43

I did not. Here is the actual output below. Once it came back online, it showed up as 'mysw4-standby>' what is normal given the redundant Sup IV. The problem is that all running-config is intact there. Strange?

mysw4#wri erase

Erasing the nvram filesystem will remove all configuration files! Continue? [confirm]y[OK]

Erase of nvram: complete

mysw4#reload

Proceed with reload? [confirm]y

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Edison Ortiz Wed, 08/26/2009 - 13:54

After typing 'write erase' - can you verify the 'show startup' no longer has the current config?

Can you also verify the config-register is set to 0x2102?

news2010a Thu, 08/27/2009 - 06:31

Immediately after doing the 'write erase', confirm=yes, I do 'show startup' and

#show startup

startup-config is not present

'show ver' tells me that:

Configuration register is 0x2102

ktwaddell Thu, 08/27/2009 - 06:38

'Immediately after doing the 'write erase', confirm=yes, I do 'show startup' and

#show startup

startup-config is not present'

at this point, I would do a wri and then reload, see what you get!

news2010a Thu, 08/27/2009 - 07:45

So the intention is, we would copy from startup-config to running-config?

Since startup-config = nothing, we expect to clear it that way, right?

nigwilli Sun, 11/29/2015 - 23:22

I have seen this response before with wr erase, try:

Edison's suggrestion first, then

erase nvram:startup-config

reload

NB: Do not save the running Config

Edison Ortiz Thu, 08/27/2009 - 07:53

Try the command 'erase nvram:' and make sure not to reply 'y' during reload.

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