Recover login details on a CE500 Switch

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One of our clients has Cisco Catalyst Express 500 (CE500). The previous administrator did not able to leave the entire login certificates. And the switch can allocate access through HTTP so there is no access in CLI. Can anyone help me on recovering the password on Cisco Catalyst Express 500 switch? Thanks.

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Recover login details on a CE500 Switch

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Hi there,

You are asking on how to recover your forgotten password or username. The only way to that is to reset it and delete all the username and password so here are simple steps to do it. First check your system led if it’s not blinking. Second click the setup button and hold until led will blink also the port’s led blink. And then connect your management station directly to the port that is blinking after the connections it must be stop blinking. Click and press setup button until it blink. Open a web browser session, and look for device manager and the device manager will appear and it isn’t looking a username and password because all the password and user name was already deleted with the action you’ve done. And now you are now available to assign a new username and password into the registration window.

Hope this post will help you.

Matt Tiger.

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Recover login details on a CE500 Switch

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Press the hold button while you reconnect the power cord to the CISCO switch. You can then release it after a second or two as the LED port 1x looses illumination. You will see the following instructions:

The system has been interrupted prior to initializing the flash file system. 
The following commands will initialize the flash file system, and finish loading the operating system software:
flash_init
load_helper
boot

Now type flash_init.Then type load_helper. Now type dir flash:. This will display details of switch file system:

Directory of flash: 

2 -rwx 843947 Mar 01 1993 00:02:18 C2900XL-h-mz-112.8-SA
4 drwx 3776 Mar 01 1993 01:13:24 html 
66 -rwx 130 Jan 01 1970 00:02:19 env_vars
68 -rwx 1296 Mar 01 1993 06:45:41 config.text
1734000 bytes total (456723 bytes free)

Now Type rename flash:config.text flash:config.old to rename the configuration file. This is the file that contains the password definition. 

You now need to Type boot for booting the system. 

Enter N at the command prompt for starting the Setup program, You need to answer like this: Continue with the configuration dialog? [yes/no] : N

Now look at the switch prompt. At the switch prompt type en to turn on enable mode. 

Then Type rename flash:config.old flash:config.textto and finally rename the configuration file with its original name.

You then need to copy the configuration file into memory:

Switch#copy flash:config.text system:running-config
Source filename [config.text]? (press Return)
Destination filename [running-config]? (press Return) 
The configuration file is now reloaded.

Now Change the password:

switch#configure terminal

switch(config)#enable password Cisco

switch#control/Z

Finally, Write the running configuration to the configuration file: switch(config)#write memory

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