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Offline Gipper

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Auto-Save default timeout, can it be changed?
« on: June 13, 2013, 05:33:34 PM »
Hi All, didn't find anything via Google other than how to disable Auto-Save on an ERS switch.  The 60 second default seems a little nuts, no?  If you fat finger something, there's typically no way you're going to realize it and get to the switch to power cycle within 60 seconds.  This would actually be a nice feature if you could change it from 60 seconds to maybe an hour or so.  Can this be done?   :-\
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Re: Auto-Save default timeout, can it be changed?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2013, 10:36:50 PM »
that is a very good question.  To the best of my knowledge, NO.

update: There is no SHUTDOWN without a no save option.

however, if you are really paranoid with your work can disable the auto-save like you mention and use the Shutdown command.  I need to double check, but I believe you can perform a timed shutdown without a save.  So that in theory would reboot the switch without a wr mem in case you did something no very slick.

warning*: I have never done this myself. 
« Last Edit: June 13, 2013, 10:42:52 PM by Paul L »
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Re: Auto-Save default timeout, can it be changed?
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2013, 10:44:39 PM »
just my $0.02, I like the auto-save function.

over my career I have been burnt by forgetting to save my work vs. making a wrong command and killing the switch.

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Offline telecom116

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Re: Auto-Save default timeout, can it be changed?
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2013, 10:14:57 AM »
just my $0.02, I like the auto-save function.

over my career I have been burnt by forgetting to save my work vs. making a wrong command and killing the switch.
I have had good and bad both ways on the ERS switches, going back to the ES 350/450s.  I've experimented with turning off Autosave and later have been burnt because I forgot to do the "write mem" to manually force a save a power outage loses my programming.  On the other hand, as Gipper alludes, I do something really stupid on a switch that is 600 miles away from me and instead of having "common folk" pull the power cord for me, I have to dispatch one of my regional techs to the site with a laptop and serial cable.

But then I have ERS 8800s and very, very rarely forget to manually save configs after I perform work on them.
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Re: Auto-Save default timeout, can it be changed?
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2013, 05:26:28 PM »
I always use the autosave feature, as it will save your *** if you forget to save the config after doing changes.. I've had it happening a few times with Cisco equipment, so I know what a mess it can give..

If you are not sure what the result of a certain change is going to be, do the following:
1) disable autosave
2) save manually with "write mem"
3) issue the reload minutes-to-wait x command (x is the amount of minutes before rebooting)
4) reconfigure the machine
5) if changes are correct, issue "no reload" command to cancel the scheduled reboot. If you messed things up badly, the scheduled reboot will boot the switch back last saved config.

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Re: Auto-Save default timeout, can it be changed?
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2013, 02:57:11 PM »
I believe the reload command automatically disables auto-save? No?

http://blog.michaelfmcnamara.com/2009/01/reload-command-on-nortel-switches/

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Offline Johan Witters

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Re: Auto-Save default timeout, can it be changed?
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2013, 05:52:43 PM »
Yep, it does... you can start off with step 2, or even 3 if you did not change anything recently

my mistake  :)
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