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coping from supervisor to tftp server

Dear all,

Please i need to have your help on the below issue

6509 chassis with single supervisor engine 1A without any line cards.all 8 slots are free no modules connected.

Console to the PC

PC ip

SC0 vlan IP

I enter the below command

Console> (enable) copy config tftp

the following screen shot

P address or name of remote host []?

Name of file to copy to [myswitch.cfg]?

Upload configuration to tftp:myswitch.cfg, (y/n) [n]? y




No response from host.

TFTP connection fail(-1).

file tftp:myswitch.cfg cannot be opened for write (TFTP write error)

Cannot write buffer to file

Cannot copy from config: to tftp:myswitch.cfg

Console> (enable)

i can not even ping the PC from the console screen

Please answer.



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Re: coping from supervisor to tftp server


Given what you have explained I am trying to understand this part of the output:

P address or name of remote host []?

where did come from? If you try it again and at that point specify what happens?

I am also trying to understand your connectivity. You have told us that there are no active line cards so there is no connectivity there. You mention console to the PC. Am I correct in assuming that this is a connection from the console port of the switch to the serial connector on the PC? Is there any kind of Ethernet connection between the switch and the PC?



New Member

Re: coping from supervisor to tftp server

there is no ethernet connectivity.Only console to pc connection.

I believe that we must have eth connectivity to copy from tftp.

Please clear me


Cisco Employee

Re: coping from supervisor to tftp server

Hi Swamy,

To ping or tftp you need to have a ethernet connection from your tftp server to switch.

With just a console connection this will not work. But from console you can copy image from supervisor to pcmcia card.




Re: coping from supervisor to tftp server

If you can't ping then you have to verify you even have a route to the tftp network, thats where your troubleshooting needs to begin. Traceroute to that address and see where it stops .

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