Password Recovery Procedure for Cisco IPS


The following document outlines how to perform the password recovery procedure on the Cisco IDS/IPS 4200 series devices as used in INE's CCIE Security Rack Rentals.

Step 1: Reboot the IPS Device

Open the Rack Access Control Panel located at by clicking on the "Control Panel" link under your current rack session. Note that the control panel only appears if you have a currently active rack session. Under the control panel click "Power Cycle" next to the IPS device.

Step 2: Enter "IPS Recovery" mode

Connect to the console port of the IPS device using your rack access credentials:

User Access Verification
Username: scrack2
Trying IPS (, 2013)... Open

Select Cisco IPS Recovery as follows:

    GNU GRUB  version 0.94  (640K lower / 1047488K upper memory)
 0: Cisco IPS
 1: Cisco IPS Recovery
      Use the ^ and v keys to select which entry is highlighted.
      Press enter to boot the selected OS, 'e' to edit the
      commands before booting, or 'c' for a command-line.
    Highlighted entry is 1:
  Booting 'Cisco IPS Recovery'

Step 3: Reset the password

The default login and password are "cisco". Reset the password to "ciscoids4210" when prompted for a new password:

sensor login: cisco
Password: cisco
You are required to change your password immediately (password aged)
Changing password for cisco
(current) UNIX password: cisco
New password: ciscoids4210

The IPS device should now exit to the CLI with a default configuration.

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