Chapter 5. Understanding and Configuring the 802.1D, 802.1s, and 802.1w Spanning Tree Protocols

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This chapter covers the following topics:

  • The Basic Operation of the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) and Its Use in a Multilayer Switched Network

  • The 802.1D STP Standard, Including Concepts, States, Timers, and BPDU Format

  • Configuration of Basic Parameters of Per VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+)

  • The Difference Between 802.1D and Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)

  • The Port States and Port Roles of Switches Running RSTP

  • RSTP BPDU Format and Operation Details

  • Multiple Spanning Tree (MST) and Its Advantages over PVST+

  • Configuration of Basic Parameters of MST

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