[rancid] Re: 3Com Switches

Steve Ousley steve at host-it.co.uk
Fri Mar 14 10:15:27 UTC 2008

Many thanks for the quick response Jethro, this is not the answer I wanted
(We use 3Com 4400's) but I'll have to live with it.  I can see why it's not
possible, and it's not too much of a problem, we will have to investigate
some other method of doing this.

Cheers again.


-----Original Message-----
From: rancid-discuss-bounces at shrubbery.net
[mailto:rancid-discuss-bounces at shrubbery.net] On Behalf Of Jethro R Binks
Sent: 14 March 2008 10:04
To: rancid-discuss at shrubbery.net
Subject: [rancid] Re: 3Com Switches

On Fri, 14 Mar 2008, Steve Ousley wrote:

> I have read online that RANCID can be used in order to backup 3Com 
> switches as well as just Cisco stuff.  What option do I need to use on 
> clogin in order to do this.

What models of 3Com switches are you talking about?  There has been recent 
chat about support for the Huawei-3Com switches (5500 and similar), which 
have a Cisco-like command line.  However if you are asking about the older 
switches (4400, 4200, 3300, etc) then it can't be done directly by rancid, 
as they don't have such a command-line, it's a menu driven system, and you 
can't 'dump out' the config in text.

I think some of those models had the facility to tftp the config to 
somewhere, but I think it is a binary file so rancid can't really do 
anything much with it.


> Also, what setup do I need to perform (if any) on the 3Com switch in order
> to enable RANCID to back up the switch? Is it simply ssh/telnet access for
> Thanks for any help (again)
> Steve Ousley

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Jethro R Binks
Computing Officer, IT Services
University Of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
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