So I was setting up/testing this router. While using auto-secure during the auto-configuration. {Router#setup...}

Once I get through auto setup and reloaded. I was not able to login.

I did some reading online which told me that auto-secure feature disables the "admin" username.

You guessed it, I only setup one username called "admin"

My question is there a way to reset or recover, since I don't have other username to log into the router. If not, then how would i do a factory reset of the ASR 1001-x router.

Thanks in advance

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There is no actual factory reset like there is on a consumer-grade router. You must perform a password recovery, then you can erase the startup configuration and reload.

See the detailed instruction in the link above to get into enable mode, then you can:

erase startup-config

After that:


Do not save the running configuration when prompted.

  • Or once you're in enable mode, copy start run and then add a different (non-admin) user.
    – cpt_fink
    Oct 1, 2019 at 6:46

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