If you don’t, you need to listen to StarTalk Radio which is normally hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. On an episode around 07/29/2016, Bill Nye was speaking on engineers:
“What you want in engineering is a tinkerer, one who tinks…for example, Mike Mann the guy who developed the first version of the hockey stick graph, he as a kid was a tinkerer he was constantly messing around with computer programs…”
I guess as a Maker I’m part Engineer. I’m a tinkerer. A Making Engineering Tinkerer. MET.
You’ll need to access the physical DB-9 serial console with a null serial cable. I found the defaults to work at 19200-8-N-1.
Once plugged in you’ll need to login to the console as the username “restore” with the password of “restoreDefaultPassword”. Here’s an example;
WS5100 login: cli
User Access Verification
WARNING: This will wipe out the configuration (except license key) and
user data under "flash:/" and reboot the device
Do you want to continue? (y/n): y
After the switch reboots you’ll need to use the default administrator username and password to log into the switch. They are username “admin” and password “Symbol”. Im my case it was admin/symbol but it could be admin/motorola.
Once this is done you can logon via serial using the cli user and then admin/which ever password worked and setup the switch.
Note that due to the age of these, web management cannot be done via https. You’ll need to load an old version of java and connect via http. I’ll try to cover that in another article.
If you’re good at the command line you’re set.