It would seem there are a lot of folks out there looking for the recovery floppy disk that can be used to recover a defective installation of a Nortel VPN Router 1700, 2700 and 5000. I believe this disk will also work with previous models such as the Contivity 1500, 2500, 2600 and 4000 series.
It is my understanding that you will still need the Administrator password in order to perform any action. If someone could confirm this I will update this article. I haven’t yet documented a way of recovering a lost Administrator password.
You will need to use “dd” or rawrite to write the image to a 1.4MB floppy disk.
I don’t think this will draw the ire of Nortel but you never know. Please let me know if your are successful in booting the VPN router.
Update: Wednesday August 5, 2009
I’ve uploaded a copy of the Technical Service Bulletin that advises you how to factory reset the VPN router with an unknown (lost) admin password. You can find it here; http://www.michaelfmcnamara.com/files/tt-0605401b.pdf