How to Configure Schedule Reload on Cisco Router or Switch

If you have made some changes on the Cisco Router or Switch that causes locked you out of the device and unable to access the device. The good news is that you didn’t write the configuration so you just need to reload/power cycle the device. If the device is at a remote site you can configure a schedule reload at non traffic timings with proper authorization and also you have option to cancel the schedule Reload.

You can configure schedule Reload in two ways. One way is you can schedule the reload to happen at a specific time of day* (reload at) and Second way is at the end of a certain interval (reload in):

Find below two ways to schedule a reload a Cisco Router or Switch:

  • at: at a specific time/date
  • in: after a time interval

Configure Schedule Router Reload with ‘at’ keyword:

The ‘at’ keyword permits you to schedule a reload of the software to take place at the specified time (using a 24-hour clock). If you specify the month and day, the reload is scheduled to take place at the specified time and date.

The following example reloads the router on June 06 at 3:00 a.m.:

Cisco-Router#reload at 03:00 06 jun
Reload scheduled for 03:00:00 UTC Mon Jun 06 2011 (in 40 hours and 40 minutes) by console
Reload reason: Reload Command
Proceed with reload? [confirm]
Cisco-Router#

Configure Schedule Router Reload with ‘in’ keyword:

The ‘in’ keyword permits you to schedule a reload of the software to take effect in the specified minutes or hours and minutes.

The following example reloads the router in 90 minutes:

Cisco-Router#reload in 1:30
Reload scheduled for 10:20:49 UTC Sat Jun 04 2011 (in 1 hour and 30 minutes) by console
Reload reason: Reload Command
Proceed with reload? [confirm]
Cisco-Router#

Show Router Reload Status:

You can find the Router reload status using ‘sh reload’ command

Cisco-Router#show reload
Reload scheduled for 03:00:00 UTC Mon Jun 06 2011 (in 40 hours and 38 minutes) by console
Reload reason: Reload Command
Cisco-Router#
Cisco-Router#show reload
Reload scheduled for 10:21:49 UTC Sat June 04 2011 (in 1 hour and 29 minutes) by console
Reload reason: Reload Command
Cisco-Router#

Cancel Scheduled Router Reload:

You can cancel the configured schedule reload
Cisco-Router#reload cancel
Cisco-Router#
***
*** — SHUTDOWN ABORTED —
***
Cisco-Router#

Reason For Router Reload:

You can define the reason for the reload. For example, if you would restart the system for ‘test HSRP standby’.
Cisco-Router#reload in 1:30 ?

LINE  Reason for reload

<cr>
Cisco-Console#reload in 1:30 Test HSRP Standby
Reload scheduled in 2 minutes by console

Reload reason: Test HSRP Standby Proceed with reload? [confirm]
Cisco-Router#show reload
Reload scheduled for 10:21:49 UTC Sat June 04 2011 (in 1 hour and 29 minutes) by console
Reload reason: Test HSRP Standby
Cisco-Router#

 

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  1. Marina says:

    This is really interesting tip, Reload command is useful for configure and maintenance on Cisco Router or Switch, keep up posting such informative posts!

  2. Zakin says:

    Awesome blog over here! Thanks for sharing reload configuration on Cisco Router and Switch. I will visit your blog again into a couple off days to check if you have some new articles.

  3. Raam says:

    Nicely covered on Cisco Reload command! keep it up……..Thanks

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