I had a dozen Cisco 3560 switches I needed to wipe, but I couldn’t give the intern the password to the switches. These steps let the intern wipe the switches quickly and easily.
- Boot up the switch.
- Hold the Mode button for a few seconds. The LEDs will blink then go solid. Let go of the button and the switch will reboot with a blank config. The original configs will be renamed and backed up on flash.
- Skip the Initial Configuration dialog then run the regular commands to wipe the switch.
Switch# write erase Switch# delete flash:vlan.txt.renamed Switch# reload