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Overview

The essential guide for understanding Ethernet switched networks
  • Understand various Ethernet technologies from 10BASE-T to Gigabit Ethernet
  • Learn about common switching modes, paths, and architectures
  • Delve into the Cisco Catalyst switch architecture and examine the various Catalyst switch models, including the 6000/6500, 4500, and 3750
  • Become familiar with VLAN concepts, including types of trunks, VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), and private VLANs
  • Understand Multilayer Switching (MLS) and the various hardware components that make MLS work
  • Learn how to configure Cisco Catalyst switches in both native and hybrid mode
  • Implement QoS on Cisco Catalyst switches
  • Deploy multicast features and protocols, including PIM, IGMP snooping, and CGMP
  • Utilize data link layer features such as BPDU Guard, BPDU Filter, Root Guard, Loop Guard, RSTP, and MST
  • Evaluate design and configuration best practices
  • Learn how to manage LANs and troubleshoot common problems
Local-area networks (LANs) are becoming increasingly congested and overburdened because of a dramatic increase in traffic, faster CPUs and operating systems, and more network-intensive applications. Many organizations that use network and computing technology use LAN switching to take advantage of high-speed traffic forwarding and improved performance of traditional Ethernet technologies that don't require costly wiring upgrades or time-consuming host reconfiguration. Cisco LAN Switching Fundamentals provides administrators of campus networks with the most up-to-date introduction to LAN switching within a traditional Ethernet environment.

Cisco LAN Switching Fundamentals presents an in-depth look at modern campus network requirements. It provides an easy-to-understand introduction to LAN switching best practices using Cisco Catalyst switches. This book provides you with a wealth of details on the architecture, operation, and configuration of the Cisco Catalyst family of switches. You learn about a wide range of topics, including quality of service (QoS), multicast, Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), Multiple Spanning Tree (MST), private virtual LANs (VLANs), and configuration using the native and hybrid software interfaces. Design advice and configuration examples are discussed liberally throughout the book to provide you with the best perspective on effective deployment techniques. Finally, the book wraps up with a discussion of steps necessary to troubleshoot common problems and optimize LAN performance. Whether you are looking for an introduction to LAN switching principles and practices or a Cisco Catalyst configuration and troubleshooting reference, this book provides you with the invaluable insight you need to design and manage high-performance campus networks.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587058493
  • Publisher: Cisco Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2004
  • Series: Fundamentals Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Barnes, CCIE No. 6563, is a senior manager for Cisco Advanced Services based in Richardson, Texas. The group he manages specializes in network consulting for many of the largest Cisco customers and is responsible for providing technical expertise on all Cisco routing and switching products.

Basir Sakandar, CCIE No. 6040, has dual certifications in Routing and Switching and in Security. His current role at Cisco is as an advanced services engineer in the Richardson, Texas, office. He has helped with the design and implementation of various technologies for Fortune 100 companies.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 LAN switching foundation technologies 3
Ch. 2 LAN switch architecture 35
Ch. 3 Catalyst switching architectures 47
Ch. 4 Layer 2 fundamentals 83
Ch. 5 Using catalyst software 117
Ch. 6 Understanding multilayer switching 147
Ch. 7 Configuring switches 167
Ch. 8 Understanding quality of service on catalyst 6500 207
Ch. 9 Implementing multicast on catalyst switches 225
Ch. 10 Implementing and tuning spanning tree 249
Ch. 11 Design and implementation best practices 287
Ch. 12 Troubleshooting the LAN switching configuration 317
App. A Catalyst 6500 series software conversion 337
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