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Cisco Catalyst Password Reset

October 23, 2014

In the event that you forgot any remote login password, there is no way to recover the password but there is away to change the password and retail all the configuration.

1) Put the switch in ROMmon state.
2) Initialize the switch with command flash_init
3) Rename the flash:config.text file to flash:config.text.renamed
4) Boot the switch.
5) After rebooting, the switch is back to factory setting, copy the renamed config file to the running config.
6) Amend the remote password, save and reload.

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