I'd like to upgrade a stack of Cisco 2960s switches with a new configuration, and I would like to know what is required to copy a pre-populated config.text file from an FTP server to the switch stack.

Is there anything special needed to accommodate a stack of 2960s?

Is the syntax correct:

# copy ftp://server/config.text system:running-config
# reload

If you are reloading, you want to replace the startup configuration, not the running configuration. Otherwise, the device will start up with the old startup configuration, which is stored on nvram:.

Replacing the running configuration is always problematic, anyway. You end up merging what you have in the file with the currently running configuration, not completely replacing it.

Something like:

# copy ftp://server/config.text nvram:startup-config
# reload
  • Thanks for the reply. I see what you mean there cheers. So I take it then that doing this to a stack of switches is the same as doing it to a single switch?
    – SwitchArt
    May 17 '17 at 3:08
  • With a stack, you are configuring the master switch, which replicates the configuration to all the other switches in a stack.
    – Ron Maupin
    May 17 '17 at 10:18

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