PSA: Back up your router configuration

So as we finally signed off on Fedora 20 Beta this morning (with so much handwaving I felt like my shoulder was about to come off at the joint), and I looked forward to a slightly quiet morning…

…my router spontaneously decided to reset itself to factory settings.

That. That. Did not. Amuse. Me.

This illustrated a hitherto undiscovered weakness in my backup strategy: I didn’t have the router configuration backed up.

PSA: folks, back up your router configuration. Seriously. A morning spent remembering and re-entering static leases, port forwards and FreeIPA DNS records does not rank highly among my Most Entertaining Of All Time.

I think the show is back on the road now, but there will inevitably be that one thing I forgot to do which will come back and bite me in the ass in two weeks…

4 Responses

  1. eggplant
    eggplant November 7, 2013 at 10:13 pm | | Reply

    Is it usual event for routers? I occasionally encounter this and used to think probably some malicious program is at work!!

    Downloading the Beta, hope will work well. Thanks for your works… 🙂

  2. emmet.curran
    emmet.curran November 8, 2013 at 3:22 am | | Reply

    you love it Adam.

    i bet you secretly hope some of your stuff will break so you get to fix it all over again 🙂

  3. Samantha Carencarn
    Samantha Carencarn November 8, 2013 at 6:22 am | | Reply

    My boyfriend’s switches at work did that once. Dumped everything and he had to rebuild vlan trunks and a bunch of other things that a lowly programmer like myself could never fathom. He backs stuff up now.

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