Migrating from STP to MSTP

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Jun 12th, 2009
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Hi all

We would like to migrate our LAN to MSTP to gain the benefits of RSTP. What is the best approach to minimise downtime?

We have two Catalyst 4006 switches trunked together via Etherchannel, along with 12 2950 switches, which each have a connection to each 4006 for redundancy.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.


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cisco_lad2004 Fri, 06/12/2009 - 07:24
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Then you might get away with using PVRST instead of MST, this way you can do one VLAN at the time without affecting the other ones and still benefit from RSTP.

You will have a short glitch when you migrate a VLAN to PVRST.

If you plan to increase the VLAN database, then MST is the way to go. and in this case you need good planning.



osiristrading Fri, 06/12/2009 - 10:04
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Thanks guys, rpvst+ looks like the best bet and should be easy to configure.

I understand that while the network reconverges, there will be some downtime. Approximately how long will this downtime be?


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