Reload a Cisco Router WIthout Worry

Published on Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Recently I tried editing my Cisco's ACL at home on the train. It went something like this:
  • I logged in
  • I started updating the ACL
  • I hit a blackspot in my 3g coverage
  • My command stops at "router(config)#access-"
  • I get a call from my partner saying "what did you do to our internet!"
Although it is simple enough to just ask her to "flip the switch on the black box", I still don't like doing it. Plus, if she's not home, I'm stuck. This accident immediately reminded me of one of a trait of the 'reload' command: it can be scheduled.

In the case of updating a device remotely, it is as easy as:

router# reload in 2
router# conf t
router(config)# [type in desired commands]
router(config)# exit
router# reload cancel

If the commands are entered in fine, then cancel the reload. If there is a problem, then the router will reboot and resort to the startup config.