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Password Recovery for WS-2961-XL

Could anyone please show me how to do password recovery on the ATM module of the Catalyst 2924M (WS-2961-XL), or where can I find the procedure?

Many Thanks.

Edward Lau

IBM HK

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Re: Password Recovery for WS-2961-XL

Here is the procedure for recovering password on ATM module.

Recovering from a Lost or Forgotten Password

Follow the steps in this procedure if you have forgotten or lost the module password.

Step 1 At the switch prompt, change to privileged EXEC mode by entering the enable command:

Switch> enable

Step 2 Enter the switch password, if applicable.

Password:

Switch#

Step 3 Rename the configuration file as shown in the following example:

Switch# rename slot1:nvram slot1:nvram.old

Switch# rename slot2:nvram slot2:nvram.old

Step 4 Restart the switch and module by entering the following command at the switch prompt:

Switch# reload

Step 5 At the switch prompt, change to privileged EXEC mode by entering the enable command:

Switch> enable

Step 6 Enter the switch password, if applicable.

Password:

Switch#

Step 7 Start a session on the module:

Switch# session

ATM#

Step 8 At the module prompt, change to configuration mode by entering the configure terminal command.

ATM# configure terminal

Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.

ATM(config)#

Step 9 Rename the configuration file to its original name by entering the rename command:

ATM# rename flash:config.text.old flash:config.text

Step 10 Copy the configuration file into memory with the copy command:

ATM# copy flash:config.text system:running-config

Source filename [config.text]?

Destination filename [running-config]?

ATM(config)#

Press Return in response to the confirmation prompts. The configuration file is now reloaded, and you can use

the normal commands to change the password.

Step 11 Enter the enable password command to change the password:

ATM(config)# enable

ATM#

(where string is the password)

Step 12 Exit configuration mode by using the end command.

ATM# end

Step 13 Enter the write mem command to save the configuration.

ATM# write mem

The new password is now included in the startup configuration.

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Re: Password Recovery for WS-2961-XL

Thank you very much. It works.

It would be better for Cisco to put this procedure on website as well, along with the password recovery procedures of other Cisco devices.

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Re: Password Recovery for WS-2961-XL

Thanks for the feedback. I would make sure it gets published in the password recovery page. :)

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