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Total STP for engineers

A 2 day
training course

STP 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 works.
  • Explain how RSTP works.
  • Explain how MSTP works.
  • Troubleshoot STP and variants.

STP training course details

Who will benefit:
Technical network staff.
Definitive Ethernet switching.
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 rating:

Cutomer review

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

STP training course contents

What is 802.1D, what is STP, resilience, broadcast storms, forwarding and blocking, single path.
Hands on: Impact of broadcast storms, enabling disabling STP.

STP operation
STP frames, BPDUs, root bridge election, blocked ports, root ports, designated ports. STP path costs.
Hands on: Analysing STP, troubleshooting implications.

Topology changes
Hello timer, Forward delay timer, max age timer, Topology Change Notification (TCN) BPDU.
Hands on: STP convergence.

STP enhancements and tuning
Bridge ID, Bridge priority, port priority, 30 second delay, Edge ports, PortFast, root guard, loop guard, BPDU guard.
Hands on: Root bridge positioning, improving STP convergence.

802.1w, Improvements, convergence times. RSTP bridge port roles, RSTP switch port states. Edge ports, link ports.
Hands on: RSTP configuration and convergence.

Access/untagged ports, trunk/tagged ports, PVST, PVST+, RPVST, MISTP, MSTP and 802.1s. MSTP BPDUs. Instances, Load balancing, impact on CPU.
Hands on: MSTP load balancing.

Regions, Virtual bridges, domains.
Hands on: STP, RSTP and MSTP interoperation.

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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