Tuesday 30 May 2017

Factory reset / wipe a 2960/X switch

The easiest way to wipe a 2960/X switch is to boot the switch into recovery mode by powering of the switch, then hold down on the mode button while you power the switch back on.

The boot sequence should be considerably quicker then usual and you should be prompted with a 'switch:' prompt.

In order to access the flash memory we will need to firstly instruct the switch to initialise the filesystem with:


and then delete the following:

delete flash:/config.text


delete flash:/vlan.dat

And anything else like config backups etc.



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