Extreme Summit switches password recovery

I haven`t been working on Extreme Summit switches since 2008 or 2009. Recently I came into possession of one Summit X250e and guess what? I didn’t know user and password. So, this can be a very possible situation for every one who need to delete configuration files on obsolete equipment or equipment which needs reconfiguration.

Opposite from Cisco or some other vendors, Extreme Summit don`t have reset button. Turn off switch, wait for one minute and plugin power cable again.

First you will see message

Press and hold the <spacebar> to enter the bootstrap.

We don`t need  bootstrap, we need bootrom. Wait and next message which will be:

Press and hold the <spacebar> to enter the bootrom.

Now press and hold space bar for some time and bootrom prompt will appear. Type following:

BootRom > config none
BootRom > boot

Your switch will boot without configuration. After boot process is finished login with user admin and no password.

Configure admin password typing following commands:

X250e-24p.1 # configure account “admin”

Current user’s password:
New password:
Reenter password:

Current password left blank then type and retype new one.

Type save in order to write configuration.

I know that this is maybe outdated tutorial, but some time ago I had trouble to find password recovery procedure for some other vendor. Never find it, so I believe this tutorial will be useful to some of you.


Dejan Dzodan

Dejan Dzodan

IT professional for more then 15 years, mostly in financial institutions but with experience in ISP and retail. Proven in networking and overall infrastructure projects. Cisco instructor.

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