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Video: 10 Cisco IOS Router file management commands every Cisco admin should know

Just like Windows and Linux, the Cisco IOS has a list of commands to manipulate files, and it's critical for Cisco network administrators to be familiar with them. Bill Detwiler goes over some basic Cisco file commands and shows you how they can help you keep your network running smoothly.

Just like Windows and Linux, the Cisco IOS has its own list of commands to manipulate files, and it's critical for Cisco network administrators to be very familiar with them. In this video, I go over some basic Cisco file commands and show you how they can help you keep your network running smoothly.

For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or you can also read David Davis' article, "The 10 Cisco IOS Router file management commands you must know," on which this video is based.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

36 comments
serge.beaudry
serge.beaudry

As the others, quit the video, save energy, save the disk space, save the bandwith and save my precious time over listening to a long video, by the way I don't have ear phone in the office and I won't disturb my neighbor. By chance, I can follow the link to see the commands. Please save the planet. Like other if you can afford it why not use it, that's why we have so much polutions on earth. We need to be raisonnable, moderate our use of every resource. BTW I like this list of command, if I would have some examples; may be it's in the video. Please replace your SUV with a moderate car, as your dad had when you were kids.

skicomputer
skicomputer

I think what he does is either Good re fresher or good for beginners just learning.. I like them. Good job.

phil
phil

I'll be blunt. This movie belongs in a Cisco 101 class. If your Cisco admin doesn't know this stuff you need a new Cisco admin.

MzFire
MzFire

Thanks for video

ashraf.kh
ashraf.kh

Very good tips for IOS commands,, thanks Bill

Photogenic Memory
Photogenic Memory

I'm just being silly. No videos without videos okay folks? LOL.

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

The network card has a firewall in it but I doubt that it is fully switched on.Cisco how about an explorer page instead of old commands.Or is it a virus that is blocking your best writing.

Master G
Master G

If you don't know what you are doing then just don't do it. Configuring a Cisco router/switch is easy but in a large corporation just dont let your network/sys admin near the equipment. So this tip is out the window you just needed to show help and all commands are there. Plus in if you need to find a command just type "show ?" and it will give you a list of commands. By the way, CISCO IOS commands are partially identical to Linux/unix commands so you know UNIX you can easily do then in Cisco IOS. Be careful using those flash,rom copy,rm, delete commands I believe those are dangerous.

reisen55
reisen55

The top 10 or 20 things are always good to know. But in watching the video, I did wonder about the data center in the background. Looks great. But WHERE IS ALL THE BACKGROUND NOISE?????????????????? In a real data center, you should barely hear Bill at all. LOL

armando5
armando5

The video are not working on your web site.

vevega
vevega

Great presentation, keep up the good work!!

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

In a recent video, I go over some basic Cisco file commands and show how they can help you keep your network running smoothly. Original video: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=420 Knowing these commands enables you to navigate the Cisco IOS file systems confidently so that you always know what configuration files and what IOS files are on the router. You will also be able to back up your configurations and perform upgrades more easily if you have a firm grasp of these commands. Are there other commands that you would add to the list as being just as important? What other basic Cisco tips are you most interested in?

CharlieJax
CharlieJax

All right, I could not pass this post up with out a reply... First, downloading the video or the text does not change the amount of energy that is used on either end. Sure, you might save a little energy in the filming of the video but it would be a very small amount (probably about the same amout of energy it took you to complain about the energy they used). Second, if you spend 2 minutes watching the video or 2 minutes reading the document then you have used the same amount of energy so there is no savings when you compare the two. Third, why not tell him to ride a bike or walk everywhere? What does his SUV have to do with the commands he asked people to comment on? Fourth, if you have ever gotten on an airplane then you have no right to complain about anyone's eco actions. So try and keep your rants on topic and make sense! The video does not distroy the planet, it does not take up more energy, and mostly no one forced you to listen to the video (which you could do from your solar powered laptop at your fully solar powered home... you have one right?!?). Lets face it, the list is a very basic list of commands presented to help people that have either not learned them yet or have forgotten them. It is certainly not directed at people who spend their entire day programming routers but in the small business world there are people who might work with the router once a week and these might be handy to them. As for the format, it is important to remember that everyone learns differently. By presenting the media in different forms TechRepublic can reach out to more than the people who like to see a text list of commands. Part of being Earth friendly is remembering that your neighbor has different needs than you do. Perhaps he (or she) would benefit from the video. P.S. Maybe his dad had a large SUV too. My parents had a Suburban...

ron
ron

"dont let your network/sys admin near the equipment" then why have them in the first place? How are they suppose to do their jobs? You are right, the show ? does give you a list of commands, but if you don't know how or what they are used for, then its useless. Thorough documentation of changes, regular backups along with system logging will eliminate and paranoia. No need to tie your admins hands behind their backs.

jhudmon
jhudmon

Maybe it's one of those fancy pants movie special effects.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Would you describe "not working" in more detail? Is the player loading, but the video not playing when you press the play button? Is video playback choppy? Does the video pause 1/2 way through and never restart? There are many reasons why TechRepublic videos many not play on your computer, for example: 1. You're blocking JavaScript 2. Your company blocks video content 3. Your company blocks content from Gamespot.com (we use their video player) 4. You don't have a recent version of Adobe Flash

mattvillilo
mattvillilo

Grep has got to be one of the best. ie. ASA5520# sh run | grep crypto makes searching through a massive running-config so much easier

k_zoar
k_zoar

pwd (present working directory) It is good to know where you are before you try and get where your going.

techwriter
techwriter

It frightens me that anyone who needed that video might ever have access to a Cisco device. If someone knows he system but is a bit rusty, they'd better at least have a crib sheet with command parameters, etc.

Timbo Zimbabwe
Timbo Zimbabwe

I used to read your columns, but since you decided to do videos, I see it as merely showboating. Give us the info in a medium that we can use (print).

raykaville
raykaville

You're correct. If you watch the small blooper section at the end of the video you'll notice the background is all green. That's where they lay the background you see in the main video.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

You're right on target! We use a green screen in our video shoots--as you can see from the bloopers at the end of episode. I actually thought about filming in our actual server, but there was the little issue of noise and security.

matt232h
matt232h

I found that the player loaded, sound was produced by the embedded player however there was no video present, just a black screen. Expanding to a full screen video fixed this and I was able to see and hear the video and all other functions seemed to work. I'm using Firefox 3.0.8 on Windows Vista SP1.

bgardner
bgardner

Please just provide documents only. The videos are worthless.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

If you're unable to watch the video or prefer text, please use the transcript.

flhtc
flhtc

Cheese and Rice, If you don't like the videos read the transcript. Pretty simple, no?

nselvaggio
nselvaggio

Yeah I would really like it if you can mail them to me, you know, so I use them... (pun intended) I like the vid's with the transcript. I have been away from TechRepublic for a while and these vids are bring me back... keep it up!!

anthony.magner
anthony.magner

I see nothing wrong with providing material in multiple formats. The vids have been a worthwhile addition. BTW, with every vid there is a Transcript option to download text content so you can print. Don't slam them for not noticing the link.

cyrene64
cyrene64

I love the videos, I watch the videos on the BB while on the long train ride from Chicago to Indiana

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

Becca, Thanks for the suggestion. I'll pass that along to our engineers. For making a helpful suggestion, instead of just bashing videos in general, how about a TechRepublic coffee mug?

Becca Alice
Becca Alice

It's very nice for those who can use it - but a problem for me here. Transcripts are very useful to me, and I've noticed a lot of people seem to have trouble finding them so perhaps the simplest solution is to make the link a little larger and easier to find amid the clutter of the screen.

mrniqster
mrniqster

Keep up the good work. The transcripts are necessary too.