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May 23, 2024

Resetting a Cisco 2960 Switch to Factory Default Settings in 6 Easy Steps

Resetting a Cisco 2960 Switch Cisco 2960 Switch 2 Resetting a Cisco 2960 switch to factory defaults is a crucial procedure for IT professionals looking to clear all configurations and start anew, perhaps in preparation for redeployment or troubleshooting. This guide provides a step-by-step process to ensure that resetting a Cisco 2960 switch will be successful.


Before proceeding with resetting a Cisco 2960 switch, ensure you have the following:
  • Direct physical access to the switch.
  • A console cable connected to the switch and a computer with terminal software installed (like PuTTY or Tera Term).

Process for Resetting a Cisco 2960 Switch

Follow these detailed steps to reset your Cisco 2960 switch to factory settings:

Step 1: Power Off the Switch

Start by powering down the Cisco 2960 switch. It’s important to start the process with the switch powered off to enter the mode required for reset.

Step 2: Access Mode Button

Locate the Mode button on the front panel of the switch. This button is crucial for initiating the reset process.

Step 3: Power On and Hold the Mode Button

With the console cable connected and your terminal software open and configured (9600 baud rate, 8 data bits, no parity, 1 stop bit, and no flow control), power on the switch. Immediately press and hold the Mode button. Keep holding the button until the LED above port 1x goes out, indicating that the switch has entered setup mode. This typically takes about 1 to 3 seconds.

Step 4: Initialize the Flash File System

Once the switch is in setup mode, you will see a prompt on your terminal. At this point, you should initialize the flash file system by entering the command:
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This command prepares the storage on the switch for further operations.

Step 5: Delete Configuration Files

Next, delete the configuration files from the switch’s memory. This is done by executing the following command:
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Confirm the deletion when prompted to ensure that the configuration file is removed, which will clear all previous settings.

Step 6: Reload the Switch

Finally, reload the switch to apply changes and restart with factory default settings. Use the command:
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Confirm the action if prompted, and do not save when asked to save the configuration. This will cause the switch to reboot, and it should come up with a factory default configuration.

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Resetting a Cisco 2960 switch is a simple and efficient way to troubleshoot common issues or prepare your phone for new configurations. By following the steps outlined above, anyone at your company can perform a Cisco 2960 factory reset without needing specialized technical knowledge or an IT team member. Remember that resetting your device erases all data, so always ensure you have backups of important information before proceeding. With this guide, your Cisco 2960 factory reset should be a smooth and straightforward process, restoring your device to its original, out-of-the-box state. We hope this guide has been helpful in understanding the process of how to reset your Cisco 2960 switch. Need to reset other equipment, see more TeleTraders reset guides below!
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