Cisco SWITCH 2.0: Spanning Tree Implementation

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


A redundant topology can eliminate the possibility of a single point of failure causing a loss of function for the entire network; While it has benefits, a redundant topology also causes problems, such as loops. STP provides network link redundancy while eliminating these problems. In this course you will learn the need, standards, and operation of STP. You will also be able to explain BPDUs, the root bridge, the root port, and the designated port selection process.
This course offers the official training for the Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks 2.0 certification exam which is a component exam for the CCNP and CCDP certifications. Passing this exam will also refresh CCNA certification, which expires after three years.

Target Audience

This course is intended for students who are looking for real-world switching knowledge, and those that are considering CCNP and CCDP certification. This course’s discussion of switching could also benefit early CCIE Routing and Switching candidates.



Expected Duration

120 min.

Course Objectives

Course Introduction

STP Overview

  • explain the need for STP
  • STP Standards

  • list different standards of STP
  • Spanning Tree Operation

  • describe basic STP operation
  • The STP Root Bridge

  • explain the Root Bridge election process
  • Spanning Tree Path Cost

  • determine STP path cost value
  • STP Topology Operation I

  • identify the Root Bridge within an STP topology
  • STP Topology Operation II

  • determine the Root Ports within and STP topology
  • STP Topology Operation III

  • identify the Designated Ports within and STP topology
  • Switch Block STP Topology Analysis

  • analyze a switch block STP topology
  • STP in a Parallel Link Topology

  • recognize STP in a Parallel link topology
  • STP Operation Practice

  • describe STP operations
  • Analyzing an STP Topology I

  • apply Spanning Tree knowledge to real world devices
  • Analyzing an STP Topology II

  • analyze the current Spanning Tree environment and identify which ports are the Root Ports
  • Analyzing an STP Topology III

  • identify the Designated Ports
  • STP Port States

  • list and explain STP port states
  • STP Timers

  • set STP timers
  • Examining STP Timers

  • examine set STP timers