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How do you reset an enable password?

I am logging in the Netvanta 3200 router and tried to use the default password: password with no luck. 

Is there anyway to overcome this?

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Re: How do you reset an enable password?

  • Connect to the console port
  • Power-cycle the router
  • As soon as you see activity on the screen hit the ESCAPE key - you may have to do this a few times at about one-second intervals.
  • The router should come up in bootstrap mode.
  • Type bypass passwords and hit ENTER
  • Type boot and hit enter
  • Wait for the unit to boot
  • Go in to enable mode, you won't need a password
  • Configure a new enable password
  • Write to memory
  • Done!
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Re: How do you reset an enable password?

Will this method, wipe out the settings on the router?

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Re: How do you reset an enable password?


kuteazn24 wrote:



Will this method, wipe out the settings on the router?



No. It will just overwrite the enable password with the new one that you set.

If the device doesn't have "service password-encryption" configured, you can go into enable mode with the above procedure and type "show run", and you will see the current enable password in plain text in the configuration.

Another method if you have a valid username/password but not the enable password is to connect via the web interface and set a new enable password. In most configurations the GUI allows configuration without requiring you to enter the enable password. (This is a security bug in my opinion, but that is the way it is.)