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CCNP Self-Study: Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN), Third Edition by Erum Frahim - CCIE No. 7549, Balaji Sivasubramanian, Richard Froom - CCIE No. 5102

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Chapter 9. Understanding and Configuring Multilayer Switching

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Multilayer Switching Architecture on Catalyst Switches

  • MLS Memory Table Architecture

  • CEF-Based MLS Configuration, Verification, and Troubleshooting

The purpose of this chapter is to provide you with details, architecture, and methods of multilayer switching on Catalyst switches. An understanding of multilayer switching is necessary for network designers, administrators, and operators for deployment and troubleshooting purposes.

The term multilayer switching refers to the ability of a Catalyst switch to support switching and routing of packets in hardware, with optional support for Layers 4 through 7 switching in hardware as well. As mentioned in ...

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