How to Save a Cisco 3560 Switch Configuration

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How to Save a Cisco 3560 Switch Configuration
Save the running configuration in a Cisco Catalyst 3560 to flash memory. (network devices image by JCVStock from Fotolia.com)

Cisco Catalyst switches can be configured using a number of different utilities. The most common way to configure a Cisco Catalyst switch, such as the Catalyst 3560, is using the command line interface (CLI) provided with the switch. When typing configuration commands into the switch, all configurations are held in active memory on the switch, but are not saved to the start-up configuration until the command to save the configuration to flash is issued.

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Things you need

  • Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch with telnet service enabled and configured
  • IP address of the Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch
  • Telnet password for the Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch
  • Windows 7 computer with the Microsoft telnet client software installed

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click the Windows icon in the lower left corner of the desktop, then click “Programs” and click “Accessories.” Right-click the command line icon in the menu that appears, and then click “Run as Administrator.” The command line window will appear.

  2. 2

    Type “telnet x.x.x.x” on the command prompt, replacing the “x.x.x.x” with the IP address of the Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch, and then press "Enter.”

  3. 3

    Type the telnet access password when requested on the command prompt and press “Enter.”

  4. 4

    Type “enable” on the command line and press “Enter.” Type the Privileged Exec password on the command prompt when requested and press “Enter.”

  5. 5

    Type “write memory” on the command line and press "Enter.” The running configuration stored in the switch memory has now been saved to the start-up configuration in the flash memory of the Cisco Catalyst 3560 switch.

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