Monday, 26 March 2012

Break Sequence to access Rommon on a Cisco Router

I was handed a lovely new laptop by work, but it didn't have a pause/break key.  I needed to perform password recovery on a router we'd have for too long and thus I though I was stuck for a minute.

But you can initiate a break sequence by doing the following:
  • Obviously connect to the router via the console port
  • Open a hyperterminal/terminal session (I use Putty.exe) and set the connection to use serial and a speed of 1200.
  • Power off the router and back on again, whilst pressing the keyboard every second, for 10-15 seconds.  You will just see a load of crap on the screen, but thats not a problem.
  • Close the terminal session (do not power cycle the router or anything) and open a new one with the correct baud speed of 9600.  You may have to press enter, but it'll put you at the Rommon prompt.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Robocopy a standard part of the OS!

Gone are the days of downloading the resource kits (or .exe) to use robocopy.  In Windows Vista, 7 and 2008 Server its standard in the OS - just type cmd and robocopy /? and see for yourself.
I have just spent 30 minutes searching our internal sharepoint server for any links to the exe when I then googled it and found this out :(

Limited learning updates recently - simply because the day job has plenty of monotonous tasks that need to be resolved before studying for CCNA Wireless and CCNP ROUTE can commence.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

CCNA Complete

I'm happy to state that ICND2 was passed last week, so the CCNA acheivement I set myself for 2011 - is complete.  Albeit overdue to some degree, but still only by a few months.

CCNP and/or CCNA Wireless look to be the next certifications, books due in a few days.

Hopefully I will have learnt something new to blog about at work, whilst waiting for the new books to show up.