Restoring the Factory Default
As part of your troubleshooting process, it may become necessary to return
the switch configuration to the factory default settings. This process momen-
tarily interrupts the switch operation, clears any passwords, clears the console
event log, resets the network counters to zero, performs a complete self test,
and reboots the switch into its factory default configuration including deleting
an IP address, if one is configured.
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This process removes all switch configuration changes that you have made
from the factory default settings. This includes, for example, configuration of
VLANs, spanning tree, trunks, stacking, meshing, routing, and security.
Returning the configuration of these features to their factory default settings
(usually disabling them) may result in network connectivity issues.
If the switch has a valid configuration, and you are restoring the factory default
settings for a reason other than configuration problems, you should save the
switch configuration prior to performing the factory default reset. Then, after
the reset and resolution of the original problem, you can restore the saved
configuration to the switch. For both the save and restore processes, you can
use the console copy command. See the switch Management and Configura-
tion Guide which is on the ProCurve Web site. See
You can restore the factory default configuration either on the switch itself or
through the switch console.
To execute the factory default reset on the switch, perform these steps:
To restore the factory default configuration using the console, execute the
erase startup config command from the console command prompt.
Using pointed objects, simultaneously press both the Reset and Clear
buttons on the front of the switch.
Continue to press the Clear button while releasing the Reset button.
As soon as the Test LED begins to flash, release the Clear button.
The switch will then complete its self test and begin operating with its
configuration restored to the factory default settings.
Restoring the Factory Default Configuration