I have a Dell 3424P switch and I want to administrate it only by console and ssh.

I can connect to the switch in ssh but I can't elevate my privileges. When I type enable, it responds :

Cannot authenticate user due to:
bad/missing configuration, inaccessible server, user low privileges.
Please reconfigure or use Password Recovery.

I've tried many solutions but nothing works.


This may happen due to any reason. If password recovery is not working - you should reset switch to factory settings. If resetting switch is not working - it may have its flash failed, like becoming non-writable.

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