Chapter 11. Advanced Spanning Tree Protocol

<feature><title>This chapter covers the following topics that you need to master for the CCNP BCMSN exam:</title>
  • Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)—. This section discusses the enhancements that allow switches to run STP efficiently, offering fast convergence.

  • Multiple Spanning Tree (MST) Protocol—. This section discusses the latest IEEE standard that supports a reduced number of STP instances for a campus network while using RSTP for efficient operation.


Familiarity with the IEEE 802.1D STP standard is essential because that protocol is used universally to maintain loop-free bridged and switched networks. However, it now is considered a legacy protocol, offering topology change and convergence ...

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