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Accelerated Interoperability & Troubleshooting HP Networks, Rev. 11.31 On-Site Training

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Accelerated Interoperability & Troubleshooting HP Networks, Rev. 11.31

Course Description/Agenda

This accelerated course combines Troubleshooting HP Networks and HP Networking Interoperability into a single week to help you learn to design and implement multivendor networks that include HP A-Series, HP E-Series, and Cisco switches. The course focuses on the key differences between platforms, such as VLAN configuration, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), link aggregation, and Network Address Translation (NAT).

This accelerated course also helps you improve your troubleshooting skills on both the HP A-Series and E-Series switches by focusing on troubleshooting methodologies and practices in medium to enterprise networks. The course is built around the IETF 5 Layer Model and includes a number of labs covering topics that include troubleshooting VLANs, OSPF routing, and Spanning Tree issues.


  • HP ASE - Network Infrastructure [2011]

What You'll Learn

  • Design and implement multivendor networks containing HP A-Series, HP E-Series, and Cisco switches and routers
  • Identify and solve issues that can arise when combining vendor-specific proprietary protocols and industry-standard IEEE-based protocols
  • Support and correct issues in LAN switching and in routed, multiple subnet network deployments
  • Develop a troubleshooting methodology to isolate and correct problems in complex networks

Who Should Attend

IT professionals who design, implement, and support network solutions based on HP A-Series, HP E-Series, and Cisco switches and technologies, including systems engineers, systems designers, customer IT staff, and HP services field and call center support engineers.

Course Prerequisites

  • HP ProCurve ASE 2006 (or later) certification
  • CCNP certification
  • H3CSE certification

Course Outline

1. HP Networking Interoperability

  • Multivendor networks: challenges and opportunities
  • Interoperability goals

2. Switch Management

  • Enabling basic remote management
  • Management scenario 1
    • Cisco
    • HP A-Series
    • HP E-Series
  • Setting up a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server on an HP A-Series switch
  • IMC discovery
  • Advanced and secured management
  • Management scenario 2
    • Cisco
    • HP A-Series
  • Information center on HP A-Series switches
    • Classification of system information
    • Eight levels of system information
    • Seven output destinations and ten channels of system information
    • Ten channels of system information
    • Default output rules of system information
    • Info-center source
  • Configuring SNMP NMS
  • LLDP and CDP
  • IEEE 802.1AB LLDP and CDP
    • HP E-Series
    • HP A-Series
    • Cisco
  • Useful show and display commands

3. VLANs

  • Configuring and managing VLANs
  • Terminology
    • Access, trunk, and hybrid ports on HP A-Series switches
  • VLAN configuration scenario
  • VLAN configuration on Cisco
    • VLAN creation and trunk ports
    • Access and voice ports
  • VLAN routing on Cisco
  • DHCP relay on Cisco
  • VLAN configuration on HP A-Series
    • VLAN creation and trunk ports
    • Access and voice ports
  • VLAN routing on HP A-Series
  • DHCP relay on HP A-Series
  • VLAN configuration on HP E-Series
  • VLAN routing on HP E-Series
  • DHCP relay on HP E-Series
  • Dynamic VLAN creation: VLAN trunking protocol (VTP) and GARP VLAN Registration Protocol (GVRP)
  • VTP vs. GVRP
  • GVRP and VTP on the same network
  • GVRP operations
  • Trunk and static VLANs: A best practice?

4. Link Aggregation

  • Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) regions
  • Common Spanning Tree
  • Setup required to enable load balancing
  • Mapping VLANs to MST instances
  • Is MSTP "aware" of the VLAN setup?
  • MSTP design options
  • Setting up VLANs on uplinks
  • Instances and VLAN settings: Activity
  • MSTP setting: Activity
  • Adding a new VLAN on a switch implementing MSTP
  • Assigning a VLAN to an MST instance
  • Strategies to place VLANs in MSTP instances
  • MSTP: Path costs
  • Configuring MSTP
  • IOS requirements for MSTP on Cisco
  • Cisco and HP MSTP scenario
    • HP A-Series switch configurations
    • HP E-Series switch configurations
  • Troubleshooting MSTP
  • Conclusion: MSTP on Cisco and HP switches

5. Implementing MSTP on Cisco and HP Switches

  • Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) and Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) interoperability
  • STP/Rapid STP (RSTP) vs. Cisco PVST+/Rapid PVST+
  • PVST+ vs. MSTP
  • Spanning Tree BPDUs
  • Cisco PVST+
    • BPDUs sent on trunk ports
    • BPDUs sent on access ports
  • Spanning Tree BPDUs
  • BPDUs sent and interpreted
  • Resulting topology
  • STP: Port cost differences
  • Cisco and HP scenario 1
    • PVST+/STP interoperability
    • VLAN topologies
  • Considering STP port cost differences
  • Cisco and HP scenario 1
    • Cisco switch configurations
    • HP A-Series switch configuration
    • HP E-Series switch configuration
  • Setup required in VLAN 1
  • Cisco view in other VLANs
  • Cisco and HP scenario 2: Cisco switch configurations
  • Other Cisco switches in the access layer
  • Purpose of load balancing
  • Cisco and HP scenario 3: HP in aggregation
    • With MSTP and PVST+
    • Configuration

6. Interoperability Among PVST+, Rapid PVST+, and MSTP

  • Disabling STP on HP edge switches
  • What happens when STP is disabled on the HP edge switch?
  • Configuring the HP switch to disable STP
  • Configuring smart link
  • Smart link on HP A-Series switches
  • Simple smart link configuration
  • Smart link and load balancing
    • Topology change mechanisms
  • Smart link status
  • Configuring monitor link
  • Monitor link on HP A-Series switches
  • Monitor link configuration

7. Redundancy without STP

  • Spanning Tree problems
  • Hardening STP
  • Spanning Tree hardening features
  • Setting edge ports and non-edge ports
  • UDLD and DLDP
    • Interoperability
  • Why unidirectional links cause problems
  • STP hardening on edge ports
  • BPDU guard = BPDU protection
  • HP loop pro


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