password recovery 2950

Discussion in 'Cisco' started by Trent Collicutt, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. I have a 2950 that I need to span a port on for some monitoring. The
    problem is that the switch was set up to ask for a user name, even on the
    console port, but the person who set it up never created a username.
    Therfore, it will ask for a user name, but we can't give it a valid one.

    We tried doing a password recovery, as stated on cisco's web site. This is
    tricky to schedule, since the switch is used for servers that must have the
    absolute minimum downtime possible. The recovery didn't work. The
    procedure describes renaming a txt file. I renamed it several times. I
    deleted it. i used xmodem to replace it with a text file from a switch I
    could get into. I renamed that file. It still asks for a user name.

    Is there any way to fix this without replacing the switch, and formatting
    the flash?
    Trent Collicutt, Jul 15, 2003
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  2. Trent Collicutt

    Mike P Guest

    I'm guessing a username was set up but you just don't know what it is. If a
    username doesn't exist it wont ask for one.
    The password recovery process should work

    but at step 13, as well as changing the enable password, do a show run and
    either remove the username, or add your own one in 'username cisco password
    sanfran' for example.


    Mike P, Jul 16, 2003
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  3. That could work, but I can't get that far. After going through the process,
    when I reboot it still asks for a username.
    I have to get to the prompt to change the config.
    Trent Collicutt, Jul 17, 2003
  4. I swapped it with another switch, formatted the flash and xmodemed an dew IOS image.

    Works fine now.
    Trent Collicutt, Jul 17, 2003
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