Cisco SWITCH 1.0: Implementing Spanning-Tree

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


Multiple active paths between switches can cause loops in the network topology. This can cause duplication of frames being forwarded. To prevent loops while providing path redundancy, you can use Spanning Tree Protocol (STP). One limitation of the traditional Spanning Tree Protocol (STP; IEEE 802.1D) is the convergence delay after a topology change. In response, several enhancements were made to improve this convergence time by adding specific Cisco features to the original 802.1D protocol, and by creating new protocols that are faster or more efficient.
This course explores the various enhancements to STP and explains how to implement and configure the original Spanning Tree Protocol, and its Cisco enhancements, Per VLAN Rapid Spanning-Tree Plus (PVRST+) and Multiple Spanning-Tree (MST).

Target Audience

The audience profile for SkillSoft’s SWITCH 1.0: Implementing Cisco Switched Networks training will be established IT professionals who have completed 640-802 Cisco Certified Network Associate, or 640-822 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 and 640-816 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2.


Expected Duration

120 min.

Course Objectives

Spanning-Tree and PVRST+

  • recognize how spanning-tree operates
  • configure and verify PVRST+
  • Rapid Spanning-Tree Protocol

  • recognize the features of RSTP port roles
  • Multiple Spanning-Tree Protocol

  • recognize the features of MST operations
  • configure and implement MST
  • Configuring MST

    Protecting STP Operation

  • configure and verify BPDUGuard
  • configure and verify BPDUFilter
  • RootGuard, LoopGuard, and UDLD

  • configure RootGuard
  • configure LoopGuard
  • configure UDLD to detect and shut down unidirectional links
  • STP Implementation Recommendations

  • recognize how to optimize STP operations
  • configure FlexLinks