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interconnecting non-Cisco switches to Cisco switches

We have clients that would like to connect non-Cisco switches to Cisco switches. I have been told that this is something that Cisco TAC will support, and is fully supported, so far as the non-Cisco switch supports the same

industry standards that Cisco also supports. Can you please verify whether or not Cisco TAC will support this type of topology.


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Re: interconnecting non-Cisco switches to Cisco switches

Hello Michael,

if you use the search pro tool on the top right you can find many threads about switch interoperability.

Here are some suggestions:

all Cisco proprietary protocols like CDP, DTP and VTP are not supported in a multi vendor environment.

As a result of this consistency of the vlan set in use in the campus require explicit configuration on non Cisco switches

Trunk ports have to be configured for trunk mode on (no DTP exchange with peer)

STP modes:

in modern environments 802.1s MST is the most attractive.

Be aware that in some platforms/IOS versions combination cisco switches support a pre standard version called MSTP.

Legacy 802.1D switches can be detected and supported by Cisco switches running PVST+ or Rapid STP.

In these cases cisco switches should be deployed in the core for their multiple STP instances capabilities.

I think TAC should give assistance in multi-vendor scenarios.

Hope to help


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