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Erase IPS Config and Clear Password

To erase the IPS config and clear the IPS password, first power cycle (or reload) the IPS. You can power cycle the IPS using the Remote Power Controller (or reload the IPS with the reset command if you have access to the command line). Shortly after the system begins booting up, there is a "Cisco IPS Clear Password (cisco)" menu. When that menu appears, press the down arrow key until the option 1: Cisco IPS Recovery is selected and press enter. This will erase the config and reset the username to cisco and the password to cisco.

After the config and password is cleared, please restore the password to Cisco123 so other users can log into the IPS.

Here is an example of how to erase the IPS config and reset the IPS password:

Evaluating BIOS Options ...
Launch BIOS Extension to setup ROMMON

Cisco Systems ROMMON Version (1.0(11)2) #0: Thu Jan 26 10:43:08 PST 2006

Platform IPS-4255-K9

Use BREAK or ESC to interrupt boot.
Use SPACE to begin boot immediately.

Launching BootLoader...
Boot configuration file contains 3 entries.

GNU GRUB version 1.0(11)2 (631K lower / 4062208K upper memory)

0: Cisco IPS
1: Cisco IPS Recovery << Press the down arrow key a few times when you see this
2: Cisco IPS Clear Password (cisco)


Use the ^ and v keys to select which entry is highlighted.
Press enter to boot the selected OS, 'e' to edit the
commands before booting, or 'c' for a command-line.

Highlighted entry is 2:
Booting 'Cisco IPS Clear Password (cisco)'


login: cisco
Password: cisco
You are required to change your password immediately (password aged)
Changing password for cisco.
(current) password: cisco << Type cisco a 3rd time
New password: Cisco123
Retype new password: Cisco123


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