Not so sure if this question is considered valid, but I'm trying my luck. I acquired a Brocade Silkworm 3800 FC switch, and it came with password in it. I do not have access to Password Recovery Firmware. Will any of you resident experts point me to a right direction? Thank You

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    Jan 6, 2021 at 15:36

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The way I did it was with a "fabric recovery" tool. But this requires you to have a second switch with a known password. It erases the configuration (and passwords) from the entire fabric. (yes, a rather dangerous tool)

There's also the (nearly undocumented) root and factory accounts. WARNING: root access drops you to an os shell (vxWorks) from which you can permanently damage the system. Login as root (passwd: fibranne), and issue the command passwddefault and then exit.

(The linux based systems 3250, 3850 are a bit more involved, but amount to booting in single mode and running /sbin/passwddefault)

[BTW, the default user is admin with password password]

  • Thank you Rick for the suggestions. I tried all four default accounts including the admin/password: factory:password root:password root:fibranne None of them seem to work. Unfortunately, I have only one switch. Do you have a copy of it? Will it be legal to share it? Many thanks.
    – John
    Nov 17, 2013 at 2:55
  • It takes a second functional switch to clear the configurations. Even if I did dig up that windows program, it would do you ZERO good.
    – Ricky
    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:37
  • If it's old enough, the password might be fiberann.
    – Ricky
    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:38
  • both root:fiberann and admin:fiberann did not work Can't believe it is such a pain to reset a password with having a hardware. Cisco is so easy! Is there anything possibly I could do, or am I outta luck?
    – John
    Nov 17, 2013 at 4:58
  • Try this: community.brocade.com/t5/Fibre-Channel-SAN/password-recovery/… Looks like they've released a different, less disruptive "reset" than the simple (and very small) program I used.
    – Ricky
    Nov 17, 2013 at 5:34

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