How to Reset a Brocade Switch to Factory Defaults

How to Reset a Brocade Switch to Factory Defaults
How to Reset a Brocade Switch to Factory Defaults

Storage area network (SAN) devices, Ethernet switches, and wireless systems are all part of Brocade’s network equipment. Fiber channel switches like the Brocade Silkworm line are usually installed in SAN environments. If you need to move a Silkworm switch to a different environment, you can quickly do so by resetting it to its factory default settings. This could save you time troubleshooting problems caused by the old configuration. Through the serial console port, you can return a Brocade Silkworm switch to its factory settings.

Need-to-Have Items

  1. DB9 serial console cable
  2. A computer with Microsoft Windows 7, a nine-pin serial port, and Microsoft HyperTerminal

Step 1

Plug the serial console cable into the nine-pin serial port on the Windows 7 computer. Connect the other end of the serial console cable to the Brocade Silkworm switch’s serial console port.

Step 2

On a PC desktop, click “Start” and then click the “Search” box. In the Search box, type “hypertrm.exe” and press the “Enter” key. The window for HyperTerminal will show up.

Step 3

In the “Name” field, type a name for the serial connection and press the “Enter” key. Click the “Connect using:” box and choose the “Com” port on the Windows 7 computer that is connected to the Brocade Silkworm switch. Click the “OK” button. Click the “Bits per second” box and choose “9600” from the drop-down menu. Click the box that says “Flow control:” and choose “None.” Press the “OK” button.

Step 4

If you tap “Enter” a few times, the Brocade command prompt will show up. If you are asked for a password, type it in and press the “Enter” key. Press “Enter” after typing “configDefault.” The switch is now set back to how it was when it came out of the factory.