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The authors would like to thank Radia Perlman for graciously contributing her time to review the material in this chapter.
This chapter covers the following key topics:
• Typical Campus Design: A Baseline Network—Introduces a baseline network for use throughout most of the chapter.
• STP Behavior in the Baseline Network: A Spanning Tree Review—Reviews the concepts introduced in Chapter 6, “Understanding Spanning Tree,” while also introducing some advanced STP theory.
• Spanning Tree Load Balancing—Master this potentially confusing and poorly documented feature that can double available bandwidth for free. Four Spanning Tree load balancing techniques are discussed in detail.
• Fast STP Convergence—Seven techniques ...