Best Open Source software to backup Cisco switches and routers

Eric Crist mnslinky at
Wed Apr 18 23:56:22 UTC 2007

On Apr 18, 2007, at 1:18 PMApr 18, 2007, Sean Murphy wrote:

> I am looking to automate the process of backing up my Cisco routers  
> and switches config files and have come across RANCID.  Is this  
> what I should use on my FreeBSD server or is there something better?
> Thanks

I don't know anything about RANCID, but I recently used expect and a  
shell-script wrapper to do the backups on 3 Cisco routers.  I just  
setup a TFTP server on our backup machine and punched the correct  
holes in the firewall.  There's a command you can run on the router  
itself to send the config off to a remote system.

Additionally, the 'backup' is simply the same output you get when you  
run a show run command from the router's enable mode.


Eric Crist

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