Tales from the skip – setting up cisco 3508 switch

Ah what a lucky chap I am I bought a FC hub off ebay very-very cheap (yes a crazy impulse I know) and when I went to pick it up what do you know – I found a cisco 3508 switch in the skip outside – obviously having a clear out of obsolete kit – well it’s not obsolete to me.

FIRST recover from a lost password

Here’s the low-down via the web (http://www.petri.co.il/csc_how_to_recover_lost_password_on_cisco_switch.htm) but basically plug-in your console cable then hold down the mode button and plug-in the power cable when the 1st port LED goes out let go of the mode button. This interupts the boot process and enables password recovery….

SECOND check that the lastest firmware is installed on the switch.

switch3#show version
IOS ™ C3500XL Software (C3500XL-C3H2S-M), Version 12.0(5)WC10, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
For the existing switches I have at home (all cisco 3500 series gear bought at computer fairs and bought cheap off ebay) I have updated them all to the latest verison of IOS I could find on the cisco website. When I log into one and run #show version it says…
IOS ™ C3500XL Software (C3500XL-C3H2S-M), Version 12.0(5)WC17, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
needless to say the version numbering of cisco switches is as cryptic as everything else to do with them but I think this means that a very marginally newer version of the firmware is available (WC17) to install rather than the existing verison (WC10).
In this case since I remember it being a right PITA I’m not going to bother upgrading the firmware unless some problem arises.

THIRD perform initial setup

I decided to erase the existing setup and start again so 

switch> enable 
switch# erase startup-config

Verify that it worked:

switch# show startup-config 
%% Non-volatile configuration memory is not present
that allowed me to setup the IP address and hostname for the switch.

Verify that the configuration looks right:

 switch#show running-config

 If all looks good, save the configuration:

 switch#copy running-config startup-config

reboot....
So there you are a cisco 3508 switch to add to the network....
THE DOWNSIDE OF ALL THIS CLASSIC NETWORK ACTION -
- ONLY 8 ports and each port needs a GBIC (but it came with some and I have some others) - The best consumes 55 Watts of electricity just sitting there!
- It bloody noisy - fixed with a dremel and a 120mm fan!
 

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