How to Backup Cisco IOS Image to TFTP Server? – It may be a good idea to backup Cisco Router IOS images. Cisco routers constantly work on the network. When any malfunction occurs, restoration from the TFTP Server on the network can be performed.
How to Backup Cisco IOS Image to TFTP Server?

How to Backup Cisco IOS Image to TFTP Server?

How to Backup Cisco IOS Image to TFTP Server?

On this article, we will make the process to backup Cisco IOS Image to TFTP Server. Previously we backed up and restored the Cisco Router configuration to a TFTP server. The TFTP Server must be accessible on the network. Rather than the process to backup Cisco IOS image to TFTP Server, we can save Cisco Router and Cisco Switch configuration settings to TFTP Server.

We will use GNS3 and VMware Workstation programs during the process to backup Cisco IOS image to TFTP Server. You need to properly configure the VMnet setting in the GNS3 program. You also need to make a TFTP Server connection on the network. For the process to backup Cisco IOS image to TFTP Server, verify the connection by testing the virtual machine and the TFTP Server with ping.

I recommend using the SolarWinds TFTP Server program for the processes to backup Cisco IOS image to TFTP Server. The SolarWinds TFTP Server program is the ideal program for this process.

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SolarWinds TFTP Server Download

You can download the SolarWinds TFTP Server program by clicking the button below.

 

How to Copy Cisco IOS from Cisco Router to PC?

We will examine how to copy Cisco IOS from Cisco Router to PC.

   Step 1

For the steps to copy Cisco IOS from Cisco Router to PC, first open the GNS3 program and create a new project. Next, create a topology like the one below.

How to Backup Cisco IOS Image to TFTP Server?

   Step 2

I use Windows 10 virtual machine on VMware Workstation for TFTP Server. We can install any virtual machine. Install the SolarWinds TFTP Server on the virtual machine and start the service.

You can download SolarWinds TFTP Server from above button.

How to Backup Cisco IOS Image to TFTP Server?

   Step 3

Check that the TFTP Service has started and that the C:\TFTP-Root folder is empty.

How to Backup Cisco IOS Image to TFTP Server?

   Step 4

We will apply the commands below to backup Cisco IOS image to TFTP Server. After you checked that you can access the TFTP Server on the network, apply the following commands on the Cisco Router.

First, check the Cisco router that there is the Cisco image with the show flash: command. If there is no file or image file, for example, you can copy the Cisco IOS image from the TFTP Server to the Cisco Router using the copy tftp: flash: command.

Required Commands to Backup Cisco IOS Image to TFTP Server

R1# copy flash: tftp:
Source filename []? c3725-adventerprisek9_ivs-mz.124-25a.bin
Address or name of remote host []? 192.168.8.5
Destination filename [c3725-adventerprisek9_ivs-mz.124-25a.bin]?
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
39315264 bytes copied in 771.024 secs (50991 bytes/sec)
R1#

Source Filename ⇒ The Cisco IOS image name on the Cisco router.
Address or Name of Remote Host ⇒ Remote computer name or IP address.
Destination Filename ⇒ Leave blank by default. It will be saved with the file name specified in [].

How to Backup Cisco IOS Image to TFTP Server?

   Step 5

We have completed the process to backup Cisco IOS image to TFTP Server. We can understand from the following report that the image on the router is saved to the TFTP Server.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
39315264 bytes copied in 771.024 secs (50991 bytes/sec)

How to Backup Cisco IOS Image to TFTP Server?

   Step 6

When you check the image of Cisco IOS copied on the TFTP Server, you can see that the process is completed successfully.

How to Backup Cisco IOS Image to TFTP Server?

   Step 7

The steps to backup Cisco IOS image to TFTP Server is successful!

How to Backup Cisco IOS Image to TFTP Server?

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R1#show running-configR1#show flash:R1#copy flash: tftp:R1#show flash: detailedR1#show flash: summary

R1#show running-config
Building configuration…

Current configuration : 920 bytes
!
version 12.4
service timestamps debug datetime msec
service timestamps log datetime msec
no service password-encryption
!
hostname R1
!
boot-start-marker
boot-end-marker
!
!
no aaa new-model
memory-size iomem 5
no ip icmp rate-limit unreachable
ip cef
!
!
no ip domain lookup
ip auth-proxy max-nodata-conns 3
ip admission max-nodata-conns 3
!
!
!
ip tcp synwait-time 5
!
!
!
interface FastEthernet0/0
ip address 192.168.8.1 255.255.255.0
duplex auto
speed auto
!
interface FastEthernet0/1
no ip address
shutdown
duplex auto
speed auto
!
ip forward-protocol nd
!
!
no ip http server
no ip http secure-server
!
no cdp log mismatch duplex
!
!
!
control-plane
!
!
!
gatekeeper
shutdown
!
!
line con 0
exec-timeout 0 0
privilege level 15
logging synchronous
line aux 0
exec-timeout 0 0
privilege level 15
logging synchronous
line vty 0 4
login
!
!
end

R1#

R1#show flash:

System CompactFlash directory:
File Length Name/status
1 39315264 c3725-adventerprisek9_ivs-mz.124-25a.bin
[39315328 bytes used, 11016316 available, 50331644 total] 49152K bytes of ATA System CompactFlash (Read/Write)

R1#

R1#copy flash: tftp:
Source filename []? c3725-adventerprisek9_ivs-mz.124-25a.bin
Address or name of remote host []? 192.168.8.5
Destination filename [c3725-adventerprisek9_ivs-mz.124-25a.bin]?
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
39315264 bytes copied in 771.024 secs (50991 bytes/sec)
R1#

R1#show flash: detailed

System CompactFlash directory:
File Length Name/status
addr fcksum ccksum
1 39315264 c3725-adventerprisek9_ivs-mz.124-25a.bin
0x40 0xA7A1 0xA7A1
[39315328 bytes used, 11016316 available, 50331644 total] 49152K bytes of ATA System CompactFlash (Read/Write)

R1#

R1#show flash: summary
Partition Size Used Free Bank-Size State Copy Mode
1 49151K 38393K 10758K 0K Read/Write Direct
49152K bytes of ATA System CompactFlash (Read/Write)

R1#

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  Final Word

How to Backup Cisco IOS Image to TFTP Server? – Cisco IOS backup is a process that consists of several commands. The Cisco IOS TFTP backup process can be a habit because it’s a big problem on big networks. Also, we have seen that it is very easy the process to copy Cisco IOS from Cisco Router to PC.

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