Change Administrator Password on 2811 Router

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Oct 6th, 2009

We have fired the company who supported our 2811 routers and I would like to know how to change the Administrator password so we can prevent their access while we are looking for a replacement company

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Correct Answer by Reza Sharifi about 4 years 6 months ago

David,

Make sure the new one is working fine before you delete the old one.

the command to delete the old one is:

config t

no username admin

HTH

Reza

Correct Answer by Collin_Clark about 4 years 6 months ago

You can reduce your risk by creating another account before deleting the admin account.

username administrator secret MyPaSsWoRd

Then create another telnet session (leave the original one open) and authenticate with the username administrator. If successful you can delete admin and re-create or just use the administrator account.

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b.rockburn Tue, 10/06/2009 - 12:48

How are you gaining access? SSH? Telnet? is tacacs or radius being used?

Collin_Clark Tue, 10/06/2009 - 12:49

Assuming you're using local authentication;

no username administrator

To create a new one-

username administrator secrete mYPaSsWoRd

dscottsos Tue, 10/06/2009 - 13:05

I currently access the 2811 using a telnet connection and CLI commands and login as Admin which has all rights and then the system uses the same password for login and enable functions.

dscottsos Tue, 10/06/2009 - 13:20

Thanks but I am not sure I understand, there is a current username admin that I use to login to the router. You are suggesting creating a new one. Is that to overwrite/replace the current user? Maybe I should wait until I find a new company and run the risk.

Collin_Clark Tue, 10/06/2009 - 13:24

First you delete the username admin. Next your creating a new admin account so you can login with that account and the new password.

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Collin_Clark Tue, 10/06/2009 - 13:28

You can reduce your risk by creating another account before deleting the admin account.

username administrator secret MyPaSsWoRd

Then create another telnet session (leave the original one open) and authenticate with the username administrator. If successful you can delete admin and re-create or just use the administrator account.

dscottsos Tue, 10/06/2009 - 13:33

Thanks, I have the new username and password, what is the command to delete the old Admin username.

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Reza Sharifi Tue, 10/06/2009 - 13:43

David,

Make sure the new one is working fine before you delete the old one.

the command to delete the old one is:

config t

no username admin

HTH

Reza

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