Cisco - How to backup Cisco switches using TFTP

There are several ways on how backup Cisco switches (or other vendors name) can be done.

One of them is downloading TFTP client server

https://tftp.en.uptodown.com/windows

Launching it and deciding where saving configuration files.

Be aware taking note about client IP.

Later you need to connect to switches using any SSH clients (I warmly suggest using these clients:

  1. Solar-PuTTY Connect to any server or device in your network with Solar-PuTTY for Windows. This is an interesting Putty or PuttyCM alternative.

https://www.alessandromazzanti.com/2018/11/freeware-solarwinds-software-free-tools.html

and execute below commands on switches:

Router#copy tftp: running-config

Address or name of remote host []? 64.104.207.171

Source filename []? backup_cfg_for_my_router

Destination filename [running-config]?

Accessing tftp://10.66.64.10/backup_cfg_for_my_router...

Loading backup_cfg_for_router from 64.104.207.171 (via FastEthernet0/0): !

[OK - 1030 bytes]

1030 bytes copied in 9.612 secs (107 bytes/sec)

CE_2#

Where:

  • 64.104.207.171 must be substituted by your client ip address where tftp is under execution.

  • backup_cfg_for_my_router is backup file name that will be created on client where tftp is under execution.
You can configure automatic backups, you simple need to read all article below indicated.

[original article]

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/ios-nx-os-software/ios-software-releases-122-mainline/46741-backup-config.html