Factory Reset the Cisco 2950/2960 Switch

Factory Reset the Cisco 2950/2960 Switch 

Factory Reset the Cisco 2950/2960 Switch
Fig 1: Factory Reset the Cisco 2950/2960 Switch

Step 1

Connect up a console cable and power on the switch, whilst holding down the “mode” button:

This interrupts the boot process before the Flash file system can initialize, and after a short while you will see the following prompt:

Using driver version 1 for media type 1

Base ethernet MAC Address: 4c:30:2d:81:ef:80

Xmodem file system is available.

The password-recovery mechanism is enabled.

The system has been interrupted prior to initializing the

flash filesystem. The following commands will initialize

the flash filesystem, and finish loading the operating

system software:





Step 2

Run the following command to initialize the flash file system:


switch: flash_init

Initializing Flash…

mifs[2]: 10 files, 1 directories

mifs[2]: Total bytes : 1806336

mifs[2]: Bytes used : 612352

mifs[2]: Bytes available : 1193984

mifs[2]: mifs fsck took 1 seconds.

mifs[3]: 0 files, 1 directories

mifs[3]: Total bytes : 3870720

mifs[3]: Bytes used : 1024

mifs[3]: Bytes available : 3869696

mifs[3]: mifs fsck took 0 seconds.

mifs[4]: 5 files, 1 directories

mifs[4]: Total bytes : 258048

mifs[4]: Bytes used : 9216

mifs[4]: Bytes available : 248832

mifs[4]: mifs fsck took 0 seconds.

mifs[5]: 5 files, 1 directories

mifs[5]: Total bytes : 258048

mifs[5]: Bytes used : 9216

mifs[5]: Bytes available : 248832

mifs[5]: mifs fsck took 1 seconds.

— MORE —

mifs[6]: 566 files, 19 directories

mifs[6]: Total bytes : 57931776

mifs[6]: Bytes used : 28429312

mifs[6]: Bytes available : 29502464

mifs[6]: mifs fsck took 21 seconds.

…done Initializing Flash.


Step 3

Delete the config.text file from the flash directory:

switch: del flash:config.text
Are you sure you want to delete “flash:config.text” (y/n)?y
File “flash:config.text” deleted


And Finally, Delete the vlan.dat file from the flash directory and reboot the system

switch: del flash:vlan.dat
Are you sure you want to delete “vlan.dat” (y/n)?y
File “flash:vlan.dat” deleted


To reboot the system:

switch: boot

Loading "flash:c2960s-universalk9-mz.122-58.SE2.bin"…

— System Configuration Dialog —

Enable secret warning


In order to access the device manager, an enable secret is required

If you enter the initial configuration dialog, you will be prompted for the enable secret

If you choose not to enter the intial configuration dialog, or if you exit setup without setting the enable secret,

please set an enable secret using the following CLI in configuration mode-

enable secret 0 <cleartext password>


Would you like to enter the initial configuration dialog? [yes/no]:


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