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STP alternatives

A 2 day
HANDS ON
training course

STP alternatives training course description

The Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) dates from 1985. This course explores in depth how the protocol works and the implications this has on network performance. We also study STP variants including 802.1w (RSTP) and 802.1s (MSTP).

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Explain how STP and RSTP work.
  • Explain how TRILL works.
  • Explain how SPB works.
  • Explain how FabricPath works.

STP alternatives training course details

Who will benefit:
Technical network staff.
Prerequisites:
Definitive Ethernet switching.
Duration:
2 days

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.

Overall ratings for this course:

Course review


"Hard concepts were explained very simply."
J. S., Framestore CFC
"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."
B. M., London Internet Exchange

STP alternatives training course contents


Introduction
Layer 2 versus Layer 3, STP problems: One path, convergence, MAC explosion, STP alternatives.

STP
802.1D, how STP works, root bridge, convergence times, single path.

RSTP
802.1w, Improvements, convergence times.

Link aggregation
802.3ad, Multi system Link aggregation.

IS-IS
Concepts, Discovery, topology exchange, flooding. Changes for TRILL, FabricPath and SPB.

FabricPath
Overview, architecture, control plane protocols, DRAP, STP interactions, packet forwarding, configuration.

TRILL
Concepts, RBridge, TRILL frames, control plane, data plane, learning MAC addresses.

SPB
802.1aq, Node ID, Backbone Edge Bridges, Backbone MAC address, customer MACs, I-SID, forwarding database.

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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