My predecessor left me a good bit of info about how to gain access permission to the network gear. Not enough, but it was a good start. Well, I ran into a route-switch module which I could not gain access to. User/pass would hang for several seconds before telling me I was wrong, oh so very wrong. Since it was hanging, my guess was that external auth was failing due to inability to reach the server, or perhaps not being set up as a NAS in the server.
The catch was that the fallback local user/pass I had in my notes wasn’t working. Crap. So now what? “Now what” turned out to be digging back through old configs that KiwiCatTools had archived for me. I scrounged a old config with the Cisco-7 encoded password in there. Cisco type-7 encoding is weak, and tools that can crack it are a google away. Voila, I discovered that the password was oh-so-close, but had an added space on the end. Whoever entered it into the IOS config fat-fingered it. (Thanks.) Bingo, now I’m in.
Onto figuring out why the box can’t access the external auth server. No ARP response…and the auth box and switch in question are about 7 hours away. Here’s hoping I don’t need to touch the equipment. 🙂