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HP Networking Interoperability, Rev. 11.12 On-Site Training

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HP Networking Interoperability, Rev. 11.12

Course Description/Agenda

Learn to design and implement multivendor networks that include HP A-Series, HP E-Series, and Cisco switches in this course. Focusing 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), you'll learn how to identify compatibility problems and evaluate the pros and cons of each possible solution for a given network environment.


  • HP ASE - Network Infrastructure [2011]
  • ProCurve Campus LANs [2010]/Cisco/H3C

What You'll Learn

  • Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP)
  • Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)
  • Differences between Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) and MSTP
  • Management of HP A-Series, HP E-Series, and Cisco switches
  • VLAN configuration on HP A-Series, HP E-Series, and Cisco switches
  • Aggregated links between HP switches and Cisco switches
  • NAT
  • Quality of service (QoS) for proper traffic prioritization
  • Host Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) and Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)

Who Should Attend

Systems engineers and designers and field and support engineers who design, implement, and maintain network solutions based on HP and Cisco technologies

Course Prerequisites

  • Implementing HP E-Series Networks or Implementing A-Series Networks
  • Cisco CCNP-level training or similar professional experience

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

  • 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

  • PVST+ and STP interoperability
  • 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 protect (HP E-Series)
  • TCN guard
  • BPDU filter: Disabling STP on individual ports
  • STP hardening on Cisco
  • STP hardening on HP A-Series
  • STP hardening on HP E-Series
  • STP hardening on uplinks
  • Root guard
    • Spanning Tree root guard configuration
  • Loop guard
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