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how to recover IDSM-2 password (without know any password)


We have a IDSM-2 system card in 6500 system. Unfortunately, we lost tracking the login/password. I have read Cisco doc# 13837. It req to know either admin username/password or service username/password to do password recovery. I do not have those info (and tried). The last method suggested is to re-image IDSM-2 (IOS). I am wondering there is a better way to recover password like other switch..(such as hold mode to reboot switch) without re-image. Here is the card info:

"WS-SVC-IDSM-2 8 ports Intrusion Detection System Rev. 6.1"

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Re: how to recover IDSM-2 password (without know any password)

A "re-image" is necessary, but it is not a standard re-image.

Instead there is a special image file that ONLY sets the cisco password back to the default "cisco". It doesn't change anything else on the system.

Download the password recovery image file WS-SVC-IDSM2-K9-a-6.1-password-recovery.bin.gz from:

To "install" this special password recovery file you will follow the System Re-Image instructions, but use this special file instead of the standard System Image file.

This is discussed very briefly in the CLI guide:

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Re: how to recover IDSM-2 password (without know any password)

Thank you so much for your quick response. Will try.

Nice day.