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Copying an IOS Image to a Server

Problem

You want to save a backup copy of your IOS image on a TFTP server.

Solution

You can upload a copy of your router's IOS image to a TFTP server with the following set of commands:

Freebsd% touch /tftpboot/c2600-ik9o3s-mz.122-12a.bin
Freebsd% chmod 666 /tftpboot/c2600-ik9o3s-mz.122-12a.bin
Freebsd% telnet Router1
Trying 172.25.1.5...
Connected to Router1.
Escape character is '^]'.

User Access Verification

Password: 
 
Router1>enable
Password: 
Router1#copy flash:c2600-ik9o3s-mz.122-12a.bin tftp
Address or name of remote host []? 172.25.1.1
Destination filename [c2600-ik9o3s-mz.122-12a.bin]? 
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
11135588 bytes copied in 52.588 secs (211752 bytes/sec)
Router1#

 

Discussion

Before attempting to upgrade the IOS version of a router it's a good idea to save a copy of the current IOS image. This way, if an upgrade fails or if you have problems with the new IOS version, you can revert back to the old proven IOS version. The procedure to copy an IOS image to a TFTP server is very similar to the way we backed up a configuration file in Recipe 1.2. The only real difference is the size of the file involved, since IOS images are quite a bit larger than configuration files.

As we mentioned in Recipe 1.2, you have to watch out for the file permissions on your TFTP server. The transfer will fail if this file isn't world writable. We highly recommend that you remove the world-writable attribute on this file after uploading it. On Unix systems, you can use the chmod command to change the file attributes. This will ensure that the file isn't accidentally overwritten. Unlike configuration files, which you should never store in your TFTP directory, IOS images pose no security concerns, as long as they are not world writeable.

See Also

Recipe 1.2; Recipe 1.6

Router Configuration and File Management

Router Management

User Access and Privilege Levels

TACACS+

IP Routing

RIP

EIGRP

OSPF

BGP

Frame Relay

Handling Queuing and Congestion

Tunnels and VPNs

Dial Backup

NTP and Time

DLSw

Router Interfaces and Media

Simple Network Management Protocol

Logging

Access-Lists

DHCP

NAT

First Hop Redundancy Protocols

IP Multicast

IP Mobility

IPv6

MPLS

Security

Appendix 1. External Software Packages

Appendix 2. IP Precedence, TOS, and DSCP Classifications

Index

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Cisco IOS Cookbook
Cisco IOS Cookbook (Cookbooks (OReilly))
ISBN: 0596527225
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 505
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