Configuring Cisco Catalyst Switch Operations

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


To discuss and implement specific bridging and VLAN Catalyst switch configurations, which provide for scalability, security, and enhanced management of the local area switched network

Target Audience

Network administrators responsible for implementing and managing small and medium-sized business networks; network technicians who install network devices in small business environments; Cisco channel resellers who are new to Cisco products and services


Familiarity with Cisco’s Internetworking Technology Multimedia (ITM) or CCNA Basics; a working knowledge of networking terminology and topologies, including network protocols, the roles of network devices, and the OSI reference model; a knowledge of binary and hexadecimal numbering, while not essential, would be an advantage

Expected Duration

270 min.

Course Objectives

Configuring Cisco Catalyst Switch Operations

  • explain the fundamentals of layer 2 switching.
  • describe redundant topologies in switched environments.
  • describe how the spanning-tree algorithm is used to eliminate switching loops.
  • describe how the Spanning-Tree and Rapid Spanning-Tree Protocols affect frame forwarding on bridges and switch ports.
  • discuss Spanning-Tree Protocol operation.
  • describe how to configure ports on a switch.
  • configure port security, add, move, and change MAC addresses and manage device configuration files.
  • explain how to implement port and MAC security on a switch.
  • configure a Catalyst 2950 series switch.
  • describe the operation of VLANs.
  • explain how VTP is used to manage VLANs.
  • determine the appropriate commands used in VLAN configuration and trunking.
  • scale the size and number of VLANs and troubleshoot their operation.
  • verify VLAN configuration on a switch.