New Training: Optimize with Rapid Spanning Tree
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New Training: Optimize with Rapid Spanning Tree

In this 6-video skill, CBT Nuggets trainer Keith Barker teaches you how to configure and verify Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) on a Cisco network. Gain an understanding of 802.1D, 802.1W, the various port states in RSTP, and more. Watch this new Cisco training.

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This training includes:

  • 6 videos
  • 36 minutes of training

You’ll learn these topics in this skill:

  • Welcome to Rapid Spanning Tree
  • Backwards Compatibility
  • Rapid STP Port Roles
  • Rapid STP Port States (Status)
  • Convergence Improvements
  • Rapid STP Review

What is Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) and How Does It Work?

Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) is a common network protocol supported by the IEEE or Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers association standard. This routing protocol was designed to minimize layer two looping and provide high availability in network topology in comparison to the traditional model. Prior to the Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol, router topology often exhibited single points of failure, such that if a router went down, certain segments of the environment would lose connectivity.

Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol looks to minimize the risk of network outage by creating resilience through what are known as redundant blocking ports. Blocking ports act as alternate ports or backup ports that ensure that if the designated Primary routing path were to fail, these secondary blocked ports would be able to facilitate the network traffic minimizing the downtime to nearly zero downtime. In building these redundant blocks through RSTP, organizations can be sure to minimize the chances of widespread network outages promoting the resiliency of critical business processes.

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