EdgeSwitch - How to Sanitize EdgeSwitch Configurations


Overview


Readers will learn how to properly format and sanitize EdgeSwitch configurations to remove all personal and sensitive information.

NOTES & REQUIREMENTS: 
Applicable to the latest EdgeSwitch firmware on all EdgeSwitch models. Please see the Related Articles below for more information.
 
Devices used in this article:

Table of Contents


  1. Downloading the Configuration from the EdgeSwitch
  2. Sanitizing the Configuration
  3. Related Articles

Downloading the Configuration from the EdgeSwitch


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The first step is to download the backup archive from the EdgeSwitch using the Web UI.


GUI: Access the EdgeSwitch Web UI.

1. Navigate to the Settings  settings.png  to download the backup archive.

Settings > System actions > Backup

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2. Download the archive file by clicking on the Backup button.

3. The EdgeSwitch will prompt you to save the configuration to your computer.

NOTE: The backup configuration is named backup-cfg and is included in the hostname.tar.gz archive.

4. Open the hostname.tar.gz archive using a file archival program such as 7-Zip.

5. Extract the backup-cfg file from the archive.


Sanitizing the Configuration


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Now we can modify the contents of the config.boot file in order to sanitize (obscure) any sensitive information. Some examples are:

  • Usernames
  • Passwords
  • Public IP addresses
  • UNMS connection info
  • Switch hostname
  • Custom banner message

1. Open the cfg-backup file using a text editor.

2. Look for any sensitive information to obscure.

3. Save the edited cfg-backup file.


Related Articles


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EdgeSwitch - Backup and Restore Configuration

EdgeRouter - How to Sanitize EdgeRouter Configurations

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