Monday, June 20, 2011

Backup Cisco Config with HyperTerminal

Many times I've had to backup from a serial connection for many different reasons. Test labs, upgrades, etc. Hyperterminal is great for this. Most Cisco device consoles can be connected to with these settings: 9600 baud, 8 data bits, no parity, 1 stopbit, flow control none.
Once connected I'll set the terminal screen length to 0 so that it doesn't prompt me page by page. Do this with the "term len 0" command. Next type in the show run" command, but, don't press enter yet...

Now click on Transfer > Capture Text and then select where to save the config and what you want to name it and click Start...
At this point, any input/output from HyperTerminal will show up in your txt file. This is why I had you type in the "show run" command and wait. Spaces and commands will show up cluttering your config file. Now press enter in your HyperTerminal window and let the running-config scroll to the bottom until it stops. Now click on Transfer > Capture Text > Stop...
You now have your config backed up in the directory you specified earlier. Congrats!
If you didn't already love HyperTerminal, you do now, right? Hope this helps.

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