Disable Password Recovery

There are times when you may want to disable password recovery (for example if someone is working in high secure environment).

Use the following command to disable password recovery

Router(config)#no service password-recovery
   Executing this command will disable password recovery mechanism.
   Do not execute this command without another plan for
   password recovery.

Are you sure you want to continue? [yes/no]: yes

The above command will disable all access to the ROMMON. Be careful when using the above command, as there is no way to recover password.

The following message is displayed during boot up when “no service password-recovery” command is configured.


    System Bootstrap, Version 11.1(19)AA, EARLY DEPLOYMENT RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

3 thoughts on “Disable Password Recovery”

  1. So, if no password-recovery has been enabled on a router, is there anyway to still get into the router and reset to factory defaults? I have a 1900 that's been sitting in the corner of our server room that was initially used for testing. I would now like to use it, but I don't have the password and the no password-recovery has been set. Any suggestions?

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