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Copy flash TFTP Error (timed out) - solarwinds

I recently posted this same issue the other day, using TFTPd32. Now i am pretty close to fixing it.

I do have a different setup; my pc ethernet port is broken so I am using an ethernet/usb adapter.

I am attempting to backup my IOS from a 3550 switch to my PC.

This is the error I am getting.

Switch#copy flash tftp

Source filename [c3550-ipbasek9-mz.122-25.SEB4.bin]?

Address or name of remote host []?

Destination filename [c3550-ipbasek9-mz.122-25.SEB4.bin]?


%Error opening tftp:// (Timed out)


I can ping both ways.

Switch#show int vlan1

Vlan1 is up, line protocol is up

  Hardware is EtherSVI, address is 0012.4339.a880 (bia 0012.4339.a880)

  Internet address is

Ping statistics for

    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),

Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:

    Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 1ms, Average = 0ms


From PC:

Type escape sequence to abort.

Sending 5, 100-byte ICMP Echos to, timeout is 2 seconds:


Success rate is 100 percent (5/5), round-trip min/avg/max = 1/1/4 ms


Once again I am plugged in through an ethernet/usb adapter.

I can ping both ways.

I am using Solarwinds, services are STARTED.

Any help would be appreciated..


Copy flash TFTP Error (timed out) - solarwinds

Are you on the same subnet as the router?

If not, you may need the ip helper-address configured.

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Copy flash TFTP Error (timed out) - solarwinds

yes we are on the same subnet.


default gateway


int vlan1

int fa0/1

switchport mode access

switchport access vlan 1

and no i dont know how to do that helper address.


Copy flash TFTP Error (timed out) - solarwinds

In your case it would not make a difference.

Helper address is good for getting udp traffic (like tftp) routed correctly.

wonder if you need to have the file created (even if its empty) for the copy to work?

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Copy flash TFTP Error (timed out) - solarwinds

i dont really know. i just downloaded the server. the switch is a week old and seems to work fine in my labs.

Copy flash TFTP Error (timed out) - solarwinds

Make sure the file is in the correct directory on your Tftpd32.

From your Tftpd32, when you click on "sh dir" are you able to see the file. If not then that is your issue..

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