How to backup and restore Cisco switch/router config in easy steps

Backup Cisco Router or Switch in a Text File

Step1: create a text file in C:\ drive or your preferred drive and name it like switch-config.txt  or your preferred name.

Step2: open command prompt and type as follows

Telnet –F c:\switch-config.txt IP-Address-of-switch


provide privilege password

#Terminal Length 0

#Show run

#Show start

#show vlan brief

Now you can exit from telnet and go to c:\ drive and open switch-config.txt to view switch/router config.

Backing Up Configuration in TFTP Server

[Router name] #copy run tftp

Address or name of remote host []? X.X.X.X (the ip address of TFTP server)

Destination filename [routername-confg]? /CiscoBackup/router1.cfg (Total path and hit enter)

Restoring a configuration from TFTP Server

[router name]# show run

[router name]#copy tftp run

Address or name of remote host []?X.X.X.X (the ip address of TFTP server)

Source filename[]?/CiscoBackup/router1.cfg (Total path and hit enter)

[router name]#show run

[router name]#show interfaces

[router name]#copy run start

About Raihan Al-Beruni

My Name is Raihan Al-Beruni. I am working as an Infrastructure Architect in Data Center Technologies in Perth, Western Australia. I have been working on Microsoft technologies for more than 15 years. Other than Microsoft technologies I also work on Citrix validated solution and VMware data center virtualization technologies. I have a Masters degree in E-Commerce. I am certified in Microsoft, VMware, ITIL and EMC. My core focus is on cloud technologies. In my blog I share my knowledge and experience to enrich information technology community as a whole. I hope my contribution through this blog will help someone who wants more information on data center technologies.
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