Powershell Module to Backup configs

One of my FAVORITE tools is powershell.  It’s quick, easy to write and easy to reuse.
The esteemed Mr @BlakeKrone was asking for a script to backup configs off of a Cisco Switch.

To use this module, you have to run over and grab SharpSSH, a .Net implementation of JSCH.  I’ve used this in projects as far back as 2008.  It’s a great library and very easy to implement in C#, VB.net or Powershell.  Just throw it in the same folder with the module and update the path in the script.

#Powershell Module for Backing up a switch

Function BackupCiscoSwitchConfig













[string] $myExpect = “#”

[string] $myExpect2 = “]?”

[string] $myConfig = “running-config”



$myConfig = “startup-config”


$cred = @{}

$cred.username = “$username@$ipAddress”

$cred.Password = “$password”

      $SshSession = new-object Tamir.SharpSsh.SshShell `




 #Build SSH Session


[string] $Myhostname = $SshSession.Expect(“$myExpect”)


    $SshSession.RemoveTerminalEmulationCharacters = $true

    $SshSession.Writeline(“copy ” + $myConfig + ” tftp://” + $ipTFTP + $Myhostname + “.txt”)







One of the nice things about this, is that it’s easily used in other scripts.  For example if you had a spreadsheet of all the switches in your network, you could easily pipe that into this script to perform a mass backup of all devices.

You can also use the same concept to log into switches and confirm all the configs are written, change PSK or guest usernames on a WLC.

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