March 27, 2013

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.
1 - Once connected, 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. 

2 - Next type in the show run" command, but, don't press enter yet...
3 - 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. 

4 - 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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