Spanning-tree root guard, BPDU guard and loop guard

This is another (short) post about three more important features of spanning-tree, as discussed on my previous blog.

Spanning-tree root guard is useful in avoiding layer 2 loops during network anomalies. Root guard forces an interface to become a designated port to prevent switches from becoming a root switch.

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Spanning-tree

My first day of study: it’s a spanning-tree day! Most of the information is a fresh-up from the CCNP course, but still very usefull to know. Below a summary of some key-parts of spanning-tree, rapid-spanning-tree and mst.   

Spanning-tree bridge ID format   

The “old” version of spanning-tree, also known as 802.1d, uses the following bridge ID format:   

   

The priority is a 2 bytes (16 bits) field with all possible values between 0 and 65535. The MAC address is used as a tiebraker.   

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Study blog

This is my first blog on this new blog site. I’ m quite happy with the looks and feels of this WordPress installation: it’s so easy to start and I realized that I should have been started a blog ages ago…

This new year, 2011, is just a few days old and I’ve decided to begin a ‘new’ study course: CCIE Routing & Switching. There is a lot of information about this topic on the internet: other blogs, mail groups, news groups, but I would like to share all study-related topics I’m going to experience in the upcoming months.

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