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IDS password

I have IDS4215 and do not have password from previous guy, how can i reset the password for my IDS4215 and even i am new to this field. Help from someone will be highly appreciated...

Thanks in advance


Re: IDS password

If you don't have any username password, then the only way to recover the password for IDS-4215 is to reimage the device.

If you had service account username/password, you might have logged in as the service account, su to root, then enter "passwd (user)" to reset a user's password.

Assuming that you dont have any username/password, On a 4215 (and also on 4210, 4220, 4230, 4235 and 4250) you can connect to the serial console, reboot the sensor, then when the Grub menu appears, select "Cisco IDS Recovery", choice 1 on the Grub menu. When this process completes, all user data on the sensor is lost. The system is restored back to the default state, except that the network settings are remembered. All accounts are deleted except for the single administrative account "cisco", whose password is reset to "cisco".

You'll need system image file to perform this operation. You may download these from following links given that your CCO ID has sufficient privileges-

IPS 5.x System Files

IDS 4.x System Files

You can refer to readme files available on above links for detailed instructions to perform reimage.

Hope this helps.



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Re: IDS password

Thanks Vibhor,

i will try to get reimage the sensor. But when i went to above link, it says that i have to upgarde sensor.

Thanks again.


Re: IDS password

You can reimage the sensor using either the recovery partition or a system image file.