How to Password Reset on Catalyst 3850

Here are the quick easy steps to recover your 3850 switch password.

1. ​Power cycle the switch, press and hold the Mode button. Hold the mode button for approx. 15-30 sec, the Status LED will go amber. On the console make sure you are in Boot Loader mode.

Switch: flash_init
Switch: SWITCH_IGNORE_STARTUP_CFG=1
Switch: boot

 

2. After switch boots up.

Switch# copy startup-config running-config
Switch# configure terminal
Switch(config)# no system ignore startupconfig switch all
Switch(config)# exit
Switch# write

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