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Our WLC 5508 pair is going EOL. I need to migrate the complete configuration (including secrets) to a new pair of CT3504 WLCs.

The problem I have is when I run show run-config commands, username / password secrets are obfuscated with ****.

I need those secrets as plaintext so I can paste the full configuration into the new WLC pair without loosing any configruation items. For instance, the mgmtuser entries are all obfuscated:

mgmtuser add mpenning **** read-write

I already tried config switchconfig secret-obfuscation disable and this still leaves many secrets obfuscated.

How do I get a full WLC configuration including all secrets as plaintext?

  • Have you tried "transfer upload"? You'll probably get hashes, but at least you can copy them. – Ron Trunk Jul 18 at 18:09
  • @RonTrunk, I have not tried transfer upload. Are you sure that this won't obfuscate secrets? – Mike Pennington Jul 18 at 18:11
  • Not sure, but I don't have a controller at the moment to test it on. – Ron Trunk Jul 18 at 18:12
  • Just checked. They're hashed. – Ron Trunk Jul 18 at 18:26
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CLI:
You can use transfer upload (via CLI or GUI).

You should use transfer upload datatype config and transfer encrypt disable from the CLI to get the WLC's text configuration.

GUI:
WLC Transfer upload screen

In both cases, the passwords are hashed, but not obfuscated.

  • transfer upload is completely broken for both FTP and TFTP in my version of aireos... I have spent an hour trying so far – Mike Pennington Jul 18 at 19:19
  • For future users of this answer: it seems that transfer upload is rather finicky about the TFTP server being used. tftpd32 v4.64 on Windows 10 works; however, ptftpd running under python (as root) fails. – Mike Pennington Jul 18 at 19:30
  • I used SFTP with no problems on 8.3.133.0 – Ron Trunk Jul 18 at 19:52

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