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If I use the archive command for automatic backup, does it use memory in switch?

I am planning to set path through TFTP.

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The archive command places you in archive mode. If you are using this to back up your configuration (archive config) you are writing a copy of the configuration to a file in the file system, not RAM memory of the switch.

Cisco IOS Configuration Fundamentals Command Reference:

Usage Guidelines

Note Before using this command, you must configure the path command in order to specify the location and filename prefix for the files in the Cisco IOS configuration archive.

The Cisco IOS configuration archive is intended to provide a mechanism to store, organize, and manage an archive of Cisco IOS configuration files to enhance the configuration rollback capability provided by the configure replace command. Before this feature was introduced, you could save copies of the running configuration using the copy running-config destination-url command, storing the target file either locally or remotely. However, this method lacked any automated file management. On the other hand, the Configuration Replace and Configuration Rollback feature provides the capability to automatically save copies of the running configuration to the Cisco IOS configuration archive. These archived files serve as checkpoint configuration references and can be used by the configure replace command to revert to previous configuration states.

The archive config command allows you to save Cisco IOS configurations in the configuration archive using a standard location and filename prefix that is automatically appended with an incremental version number (and optional time stamp) as each consecutive file is saved. This functionality provides a means for consistent identification of saved Cisco IOS configuration files. You can specify how many versions of the running configuration are kept in the archive. After the maximum number of files has been saved in the archive, the oldest file is automatically deleted when the next, most recent file is saved. The show archive command displays information for all configuration files saved in the Cisco IOS configuration archive.

Examples

The following example shows how to save the current running configuration to the Cisco IOS configuration archive using the archive config command. Before using the archive config command, you must configure the path command to specify the location and filename prefix for the files in the Cisco IOS configuration archive. In this example, the location and filename prefix are specified as disk0:myconfig as follows:

configure terminal
!
archive
 path disk0:myconfig
 end

You then save the current running configuration in the configuration archive, as follows:

archive config

The show archive command displays information on the files saved in the configuration archive as shown in the following sample output:

Router# show archive


There are currently 1 archive configurations saved.
The next archive file will be named disk0:myconfig-2
 Archive #  Name 
   0 
   1       disk0:myconfig-1 <- Most Recent 
   2 
   3 
   4 
   5 
   6 
   7 
   8 
   9 
   10
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    Also note, the archive number resets at boot, so it will overwrite the previous stack of saved versions. – Ricky Beam Mar 28 '16 at 19:46

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