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Deleting the Configuration Using NETCONF

In a NETCONF session with a device running Junos OS, the <delete-config> tag element enables you to delete all configuration data in the current candidate configuration or in the open configuration database. Exercise caution when issuing the <delete-config> tag element. If you commit an empty candidate configuration, the device will go offline.

To delete the candidate configuration or all data in the open configuration database, insert the <delete-config> tag element in the <rpc> element. The <target> tag encloses the <candidate/> tag, which can refer to either the candidate configuration or the open configuration database. If a client application issues the Junos XML protocol <open-configuration> operation to open a specific configuration database before executing a <delete-config> operation, Junos OS performs the operation on the open configuration database. Otherwise, the operation is performed on the candidate configuration.

Warning:

If you take the device offline, you will need to access the device through the console port on the device. From this console, you can access the CLI and perform a rollback to a suitable configuration. For more information about the console port, see the hardware manual for your specific device.