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Network A system of interconnected computers and computerized peripherals such as printers is called computer network. This interconnection among computers facilitates information sharing among them. Computers may connect to each other by either wired or wireless media. A computer network consists of a collection of computers, printers and other equipment that is connected together so that they can communicate with each other.  

Network application
A Network application is any application running on one host and provides a communication to another application running on a different host, the application may use an existing application layer protocols such as: HTTP(e.g. the Browser and web server), SMTP(e.g. the email-client). And may be the application does not use any existing protocols and depends on the socket programming to communicate to another application. So the web application is a type of the network applications. 
There are lots of advantages from build up a network, but the th…

Layer 2 Switching

The following ICND1 exam topics are covered in this chapter :
LAN Switching Technologies
■Identify basic switching concepts and the operation of 
Cisco switches.
TRI - Cours ofppt■ Collision Domains
■ Broadcast Domains
■ Types of switching
■ CAM Table
■ Configure and verify initial switch configuration including 
remote access management.
■ Cisco IOS commands to perform basic switch setup
■ Verify network status and switch operation using basic 
utilities such as Ping, Telnet and SSH.
1 Network Device Security
■ Configure and verify Switch Port Security features such as:
■ Sticky MAC
■ MAC address limitation
■ Static/dynamic
■ Violation modes
■ Err-disable
■ Shutdown
■ Protect restrict
■ Shutdown unused ports
■ Err-disable recovery

When people at Cisco discuss switching in regards to the Cisco exam objectives, they’re talking about layer 2 switching unless  they say otherwise. Layer 2 switching is the process of using 
the hardware address of devices on a LAN to segment a network. Since you’ve got the basic 
idea of how that works nailed down by now, we’re going to dive deeper into the particulars 
of layer 2 switching to ensure that your concept of how it works is solid and complete.
You already know that we rely on switching to break up large collision domains into 
smaller ones and that a collision domain is a network segment with two or more devices 
sharing the same bandwidth. A hub network is a typical example of this type of technology. 
But since each port on a switch is actually its own collision domain, we were able to create 
a much better Ethernet LAN network by simply replacing our hubs with switches!
Switches truly have changed the way networks are designed and implemented. If a pure 
switched design is properly implemented, it absolutely will result in a clean, cost-effective, 
and resilient internetwork. In this chapter, we’ll survey and compare how networks were 
designed before and after switching technologies were introduced.
I’ll be using three switches to begin our configuration of a switched network, and we’ll actually continue with their configurations in Chapter 11, “VLANs and Inter-VLAN Routing.”

Switching Services

Unlike old bridges, which used software to create and manage a Content Addressable 
Memory (CAM) filter table, our new, fast switches use application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to build and maintain their MAC filter tables. But it’s still okay to think of 
a layer 2 switch as a multi-port bridge because their basic reason for being is the same: to 
break up collision domains.
Layer 2 switches and bridges are faster than routers because they don’t take up time looking 
at the Network layer header information. Instead, they look at the frame’s hardware addresses 
before deciding to either forward, flood, or drop the frame.
Unlike hubs, switches create private, dedicated collision domains and provide independent bandwidth exclusive on each port.

Here’s a list of four important advantages we gain when using Layer 2 switching:

Hardware-based bridging (ASICs)
Wire speed
Low latency
Low cost
A big reason layer 2 switching is so efficient is that no modification to the data packet 
takes place. The device only reads the frame encapsulating the packet, which makes the 
switching process considerably faster and less error-prone than routing processes are.
And if you use layer 2 switching for both work-group connectivity and network segmentation (breaking up collision domains), you can create more network segments than you 
can with traditional routed networks. Plus, layer 2 switching increases bandwidth for each 
user because, again, each connection, or interface into the switch, is its own, self-contained 
collision domain.
Three Switch Functions at Layer 2
There are three distinct functions of layer 2 switching that are vital for you to remember: 
address learning, forward/filter decisions, and loop avoidance.
Address learning Layer 2 switches remember the source hardware address of each frame 
received on an interface and enter this information into a MAC database called a forward/
filter table.
Forward/filter decisions When a frame is received on an interface, the switch looks at the 
destination hardware address, then chooses the appropriate exit interface for it in the MAC 
database. This way, the frame is only forwarded out of the correct destination port.
Loop avoidance If multiple connections between switches are created for redundancy purposes, network loops can occur. Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) is used to prevent network loops while still permitting redundancy.
Next, I’m going to talk about address learning and forward/filtering decisions. Loop  avoidance is beyond the scope of the objectives being covered in this chapter.

Address Learning

When a switch is first powered on, the MAC forward/filter table (CAM) is empty, 
When a device transmits and an interface receives a frame, the switch places the frame’s 
source address in the MAC forward/filter table, allowing it to refer to the precise interface 
the sending device is located on. The switch then has no choice but to flood the network 
with this frame out of every port except the source port because it has no idea where the 
destination device is actually located.
If a device answers this flooded frame and sends a frame back, then the switch will take 
the source address from that frame and place that MAC address in its database as well, 
associating this address with the interface that received the frame. Because the switch now 
has both of the relevant MAC addresses in its filtering table, the two devices can now make 
a point-to-point connection. The switch doesn’t need to flood the frame as it did the first 
time because now the frames can and will only be forwarded between these two devices. 
This is exactly why layer 2 switches are so superior to hubs. In a hub network, all frames 
are forwarded out all ports every time—no matter what. Figure 10.2 shows the processes 
involved in building a MAC database.

In this figure, you can see four hosts attached to a switch. When the switch is powered 
on, it has nothing in its MAC address forward/filter table, just as in Figure 10.1. But when 
the hosts start communicating, the switch places the source hardware address of each frame 
into the table along with the port that the frame’s source address corresponds to.
Let me give you an example of how a forward/filter table is populated using Figure 10.2:
1. Host A sends a frame to Host B. Host A’s MAC address is 0000.8c01.000A; Host B’s 
MAC address is 0000.8c01.000B. 
2. The switch receives the frame on the Fa0/0 interface and places the source address in 
the MAC address table.
3. Since the destination address isn’t in the MAC database, the frame is forwarded out all 
interfaces except the source port.
4. Host B receives the frame and responds to Host A. The switch receives this frame on 
interface Fa0/1 and places the source hardware address in the MAC database.
5. Host A and Host B can now make a point-to-point connection and only these specific 
devices will receive the frames. Hosts C and D won’t see the frames, nor will their MAC 
addresses be found in the database because they haven’t sent a frame to the switch yet.
If Host A and Host B don’t communicate to the switch again within a certain time 
period, the switch will flush their entries from the database to keep it as current as possible.
Forward/Filter Decisions
When a frame arrives at a switch interface, the destination hardware address is compared to 
the forward/filter MAC database. If the destination hardware address is known and listed in 
the database, the frame is only sent out of the appropriate exit interface. The switch won’t 
transmit the frame out any interface except for the destination interface, which preserves 
bandwidth on the other network segments. This process is called frame filtering.
But if the destination hardware address isn’t listed in the MAC database, then the frame 
will be flooded out all active interfaces except the interface it was received on. If a device 
answers the flooded frame, the MAC database is then updated with the device’s location—
its correct interface.
If a host or server sends a broadcast on the LAN, by default, the switch will flood the 
frame out all active ports except the source port. Remember, the switch creates smaller 
collision domains, but it’s always still one large broadcast domain by default.
In Figure 10.3, Host A sends a data frame to Host D. What do you think the switch will 
do when it receives the frame from Host A?

Let’s examine Figure 10.4 to find the answer.
Since Host A’s MAC address is not in the forward/filter table, the switch will add the 
source address and port to the MAC address table, then forward the frame to Host D. It’s really important to remember that the source MAC is always checked first to make sure it’s 
in the CAM table. After that, if Host D’s MAC address wasn’t found in the forward/filter 
table, the switch would’ve flooded the frame out all ports except for port Fa0/3 because 
that’s the specific port the frame was received on.

Now let’s take a look at the output that results from using a show mac address-table
Switch#sh mac address-table
Vlan Mac Address Type Ports
---- ----------- -------- -----
 1 0005.dccb.d74b DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 000a.f467.9e80 DYNAMIC Fa0/3
 1 000a.f467.9e8b DYNAMIC Fa0/4
 1 000a.f467.9e8c DYNAMIC Fa0/3
 1 0010.7b7f.c2b0 DYNAMIC Fa0/3
 1 0030.80dc.460b DYNAMIC Fa0/3
 1 0030.9492.a5dd DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 00d0.58ad.05f4 DYNAMIC Fa0/1
But let’s say the preceding switch received a frame with the following MAC addresses:
Source MAC: 0005.dccb.d74b
Destination MAC: 000a.f467.9e8c
How will the switch handle this frame? The right answer is that the destination MAC 
address will be found in the MAC address table and the frame will only be forwarded out 
Fa0/3. Never forget that if the destination MAC address isn’t found in the forward/filter 
table, the frame will be forwarded out all of the switch’s ports except for the one on which 
it was originally received in an attempt to locate the destination device. Now that you can see the MAC address table and how switches add host addresses to the forward filter table, 
how do think we can secure it from unauthorized users?
Port Security
It’s usually not a good thing to have your switches available for anyone to just plug into and 
play around with. I mean, we worry about wireless security, so why wouldn’t we demand 
switch security just as much, if not more?
But just how do we actually prevent someone from simply plugging a host into one of 
our switch ports—or worse, adding a hub, switch, or access point into the Ethernet jack 
in their office? By default, MAC addresses will just dynamically appear in your MAC 
forward/filter database and you can stop them in their tracks by using port security!
Figure 10.5 shows two hosts connected to the single switch port Fa0/3 via either a hub 
or access point (AP)

Port Fa0/3 is configured to observe and allow only certain MAC addresses to associate 
with the specific port, so in this example, Host A is denied access, but Host B is allowed to 
associate with the port.
By using port security, you can limit the number of MAC addresses that can be assigned 
dynamically to a port, set static MAC addresses, and—here’s my favorite part—set penalties 
for users who abuse your policy! Personally, I like to have the port shut down when the security policy is violated. Making abusers bring me a memo from their boss explaining why they 
violated the security policy brings with it a certain poetic justice, which is nice. And I’ll also 
require something like that before I’ll enable their port again. Things like this really seem to 
help people remember to behave!
This is all good, but you still need to balance your particular security needs with the 
time that implementing and managing them will realistically require. If you have tons of 
time on your hands, then go ahead and seriously lock your network down vault-tight! 
If you’re busy like the rest of us, I’m here to reassure you that there are ways to secure 
things nicely without being totally overwhelmed with a massive amount of administrative overhead. First, and painlessly, always remember to shut down unused ports or assign them 
to an unused VLAN. All ports are enabled by default, so you need to make sure there’s no 
access to unused switch ports!
Here are your options for configuring port security:
Switch#config t
Switch(config)#int f0/1
Switch(config-if)#switchport mode access
Switch(config-if)#switchport port-security
Switch(config-if)#switchport port-security ?
 aging Port-security aging commands
 mac-address Secure mac address
 maximum Max secure addresses
 violation Security violation mode
Most Cisco switches ship with their ports in desirable mode, which means that those 
ports will desire to trunk when sensing that another switch has just been connected. So 
first, we need to change the port out from desirable mode and make it an access port 
instead. If we don’t do that, we won’t be able to configure port security on it at all! Once 
that’s out of the way, we can move on using our port-security commands, never forgetting that we must enable port security on the interface. Notice that I did this after I made 
the port an access port!
The preceding output clearly illustrates that the switchport port-security command 
can be used with four options. You can use the switchport port-security mac-address 
mac-address command to assign individual MAC addresses to each switch port, but be 
warned because if you go with that option, you had better have boatloads of time on 
your hands!
If you want to set up a switch port to allow only one host per port and make sure the 
port will shut down if this rule is violated, use the following commands like this:
Switch(config-if)#switchport port-security maximum 1
Switch(config-if)#switchport port-security violation shutdown
These commands really are probably the most popular because they prevent random 
users from connecting to a specific switch or access point that’s in their office. The 
maximum setting is 1, which is the port security default that’s immediately set on a port 
when it’s enabled. Sounds okay, but the drawback to this is that it only allows a single 
MAC address to be used on the port, so if anyone, including you, tries to add another host 
on that segment, the switch port will immediately shut down. And when that happens, 
you have to manually go into the switch and re-enable the port by cycling it with a 
shutdown and then a no shutdown command.

Probably one of my favorite commands is the sticky command and not just because it’s 
got a cool name. It also makes very cool things happen! You can find this command under 
the mac-address command:
Switch(config-if)#switchport port-security mac-address sticky
Switch(config-if)#switchport port-security maximum 2
Switch(config-if)#switchport port-security violation shutdown
Basically, with the sticky command you can provide static MAC address security with￾out having to type in absolutely everyone’s MAC address on the network. I like things that 
save me time like that! 
In the preceding example, the first two MAC addresses coming into the port “stick” to it 
as static addresses and will be placed in the running-config, but when a third address tried 
to connect, the port would shut down immediately. 
Let me show you one more example. Figure 10.6 displays a host in a company lobby 
that needs to be secured against the Ethernet cable used by anyone other than a single 
authorized individual.

What can you do to ensure that only the MAC address of the lobby PC is allowed by 
switch port Fa0/1?
The solution is pretty straightforward because in this case, the defaults for port security 
will work well. All I have left to do is add a static MAC entry:
Switch(config-if)#switchport port-security
Switch(config-if)#switchport port-security violation restrict
Switch(config-if)#switchport port-security mac-address
To protect the lobby PC, we would set the maximum allowed MAC addresses to 1 and 
the violation to restrict so the port didn’t get shut down every time someone tried to use 
the Ethernet cable (which would be constantly). By using violation restrict, the unauthorized frames would just be dropped. But did you notice that I enabled port-security
and then set a static MAC address? Remember that as soon as you enable port-security
on a port, it defaults to violation shutdown and a maximum of 1. So all I needed to do 
was change the violation mode and add the static MAC address and our business requirement is solidly met!
I’ll be going over port security again in the configuration examples later in 
this chapter.

Lobby PC Always Being Disconnected Becomes a Security Risk
At a large Fortune 50 company in San Jose, CA, there was a PC in the lobby that held the 
company directory. With no security guard present in the lobby, the Ethernet cable connecting the PC was free game to all vendors, contractors, and visitors waiting in the lobby.
Port security to the rescue! By enabling port security on the port with the switchport 
port-security command, the switch port connecting to the PC was automatically secured 
with the defaults of allowing only one MAC address to associate to the port and violation 
shutdown. However, the port was always going into err-shutdown mode whenever anyone 
tried to use the Ethernet port. By changing the violation mode to restrict and setting a static 
MAC address for the port with the switchport port-security mac-address mac-address 
command, only the Lobby PC was able to connect and communicate on the network! Problem solved!
Loop Avoidance
Redundant links between switches are important to have in place because they help prevent 
nasty network failures in the event that one link stops working.
 But while it’s true that redundant links can be extremely helpful, they can also cause 
more problems than they solve! This is because frames can be flooded down all redundant 
links simultaneously, creating network loops as well as other evils. Here’s a list of some of 
the ugliest problems that can occur:
uu If no loop avoidance schemes are put in place, the switches will flood broadcasts endlessly 
throughout the internetwork. This is sometimes referred to as a broadcast storm. Most of 
the time, they’re referred to in very unprintable ways! Figure 10.7 illustrates how a broadcast can be propagated throughout the network. Observe how a frame is continually being 
flooded through the internetwork’s physical network media.
uu A device can receive multiple copies of the same frame because that frame can arrive 
from different segments at the same time. Figure 10.8 demonstrates how a whole bunch 
of frames can arrive from multiple segments simultaneously. The server in the figure 
sends a unicast frame to Router C. Because it’s a uni cast frame, Switch A forwards the 
frame and Switch B provides the same service—it forwards the unicast. This is bad 
because it means that Router C receives that unicast frame twice, causing additional 
overhead on the network.
u You may have thought of this one: The MAC address filter table could be totally confused about the source device’s location because the switch can receive the frame from 
more than one link. Worse, the bewildered switch could get so caught up in constantly 
updating the MAC filter table with source hardware address locations that it will fail 
to forward a frame! This is called thrashing the MAC table.
uu One of the most vile events is when multiple loops propagate throughout a network. 
Loops can occur within other loops, and if a broadcast storm were to occur simultaneously, the network wouldn’t be able to perform frame switching—period! 

All of these problems spell disaster or close and are all evil situations that must be avoided 
or fixed somehow. That’s where the Spanning Tree Protocol comes into play. It was actually 
developed to solve each and every one of the problems I just told you about!
Now that I explained the issues that can occur when you have redundant links, or when 
you have links that are improperly implemented, I’m sure you understand how vital it is to 
prevent them. However, the best solutions are beyond the scope of this chapter and among 
the territory covered in the more advanced Cisco exam objectives. For now, let’s focus on 
configuring some switching!

Configuring Catalyst Switches
Cisco Catalyst switches come in many flavors; some run 10 Mbps, while others can speed all 
the way up to 10 Gbps switched ports with a combination of twisted-pair and fiber. These 
newer switches, like the 2960s and 3560s, also have more intelligence, so they can give you 
data fast—mixed media services, too!
With that in mind, it’s time to show you how to start up and configure a Cisco Catalyst 
switch using the command-line interface (CLI). After you get the basic commands down in 
this chapter, I’ll show you how to configure virtual LANs (VLANs) plus Inter-Switch Link 
(ISL), and 802.1q trunking in the next one.
Here’s a list of the basic tasks we’ll be covering next:
uu Administrative functions
uu Configuring the IP address and subnet mask
uu Setting the IP default gateway
uu Setting port security
uu Testing and verifying the network

You can learn all about the Cisco family of Catalyst switches at

Catalyst Switch Configuration
But before we actually get into configuring one of the Catalyst switches, I’ve got to fill you 
in regarding the boot process of these switches, just as I did with the routers in Chapter 7, 
“Managing a Cisco Internetwork.” Figure 10.9 shows a typical Cisco Catalyst switch and 
I need to tell you about the different interfaces and features of this device. 
The first thing I want to point out is that the console port for the Catalyst switches are 
typically located on the back of the switch. Yet, on a smaller switch like the 3560 shown in 

the figure, the console is right in the front to make it easier to use. (The eight-port 2960 looks exactly the same.) If the POST completes successfully, the system LED turns green, but if the 
POST fails, it will turn amber. And seeing that amber glow is an ominous thing—typically 
fatal. So you may just want to keep a spare switch around—especially in case it’s a production switch that’s croaked! The bottom button is used to show you which lights are providing 
Power over Ethernet (PoE). You can see this by pressing the Mode button. The PoE is a very 
nice feature of these switches. It allows me to power my access point and phone by just connecting them into the switch with an Ethernet cable—sweet.

Just as we did with the routers we configured in Chapter 8, “IP Routing,” and Chapter 9, 
“Open Shortest Path First (OSPF),” we’ll use a diagram and switch setup to configure in 
this chapter as well as in Chapter 11. Figure 10.10 shows the switched network we’ll be 
working on.

I’m going to use three 3560 switches, which I also used for demonstration in Chapter 6, 
“Cisco’s Internet-working Operating System (IOS),” and Chapter 7. You can use any layer 2 
switches for this chapter to follow the configuration, but when we get to Chapter 11, you’ll 
need at least one router as well as a layer 3 switch, like my 3560.
Now if we connect our switches to each other, as shown in Figure 10.10, remember that 
first we’ll need a crossover cable between the switches. My 3560 switches auto-detect the connection type, so I was able to use straight-through cables. But not all switches autodetect the cable type. Different switches have different needs and abilities, so just keep this in 
mind when connecting your various switches together. Make a note that in the Cisco exam 
objectives, switches never auto-detect!
When you first connect the switch ports to each other, the link lights are amber and then 
turn green indicating normal operation. What you’re actually watching is spanning-tree 
converging, and this process takes around 50 seconds with no extensions enabled. But if 
you connect into a switch port and the switch port LED is alternating green and amber, it 
means the port is experiencing errors. If this happens, check the host NIC or the cabling, 
possibly even the duplex settings on the port to make sure they match the host setting.
Do We Need to Put an IP Address on a Switch?
Absolutely not! Switches have all ports enabled and ready to rock. Take the switch out of the 
box, plug it in, and the switch starts learning MAC addresses in the CAM. So why would I 
need an IP address since switches are providing layer 2 services? Because you still need it for 
in-band management purposes! Telnet, SSH, SNMP, etc. all need an IP address in order to 
communicate with the switch through the network (in-band). Remember, since all ports are 
enabled by default, you need to shut down unused ports or assign them to an unused VLAN.
So where do we put this management IP address the switch needs for management pur￾poses? On what is predictably called the management VLAN interface—a routed interface on 
every Cisco switch and called interface VLAN 1. This management interface can be changed, 
and Cisco recommends that you do change this to a different management interface for security purposes. No worries—I’ll demonstrate how to do this in Chapter 11.
Let’s configure our switches now so you can watch how I configure the management 
interfaces on each switch.
We’re going to begin our configuration by connecting into each switch and setting the administrative functions. We’ll also assign an IP address to each switch, but as I said, doing that isn’t 
really necessary to make our network function. The only reason we’re going to do that is so 
we can manage/administer it remotely, via Telnet for example. Let’s use a simple IP scheme like This mask should be familiar to you! Check out the following output:
Switch#config t
Switch(config)#hostname S1
S1(config)#enable secret todd
S1(config)#int f0/15
S1(config-if)#description 1st connection to S3
S1(config-if)#int f0/16
S1(config-if)#description 2nd connection to S3
S1(config-if)#int f0/17
S1(config-if)#description 1st connection to S2
S1(config-if)#int f0/18
S1(config-if)#description 2nd connection to S2
S1(config-if)#int f0/8
S1(config-if)#desc Connection to IVR
S1(config-if)#line con 0
S1(config-line)#password console
S1(config-line)#line vty 0 15
S1(config-line)#password telnet
S1(config-line)#int vlan 1
S1(config-if)#ip address
S1(config-if)#no shut
S1(config)#banner motd #this is my S1 switch#
S1#copy run start
Destination filename [startup-config]? [enter]
Building configuration...
The first thing to notice about this is that there’s no IP address configured on the switch’s 
physical interfaces. Since all ports on a switch are enabled by default, there’s not really a whole 
lot to configure! The IP address is configured under a logical interface, called a management 
domain or VLAN. You can use the default VLAN 1 to manage a switched network just as 
we’re doing here, or you can opt to use a different VLAN for management.
The rest of the configuration is basically the same as the process you go through for router 
configuration. So remember… no IP addresses on physical switch interfaces, no routing protocols, and so on. We’re performing layer 2 switching at this point, not routing! Also, make a 
note to self that there is no AUX port on Cisco switches. 
Here is the S2 configuration:
Switch#config t
Switch(config)#hostname S2
S2(config)#enable secret todd
S2(config)#int f0/1
S2(config-if)#desc 1st connection to S1
S2(config-if)#int f0/2
S2(config-if)#desc 2nd connection to s2
S2(config-if)#int f0/5
S2(config-if)#desc 1st connection to S3
S2(config-if)#int f0/6
S2(config-if)#desc 2nd connection to s3
S2(config-if)#line con 0
S2(config-line)#password console
S2(config-line)#line vty 0 15
S2(config-line)#password telnet
S2(config-line)#int vlan 1
S2(config-if)#ip address
S2#copy run start
Destination filename [startup-config]?[enter]
Building configuration...
We should now be able to ping from S2 to S1. Let’s try it:
Type escape sequence to abort.
Sending 5, 100-byte ICMP Echos to, timeout is 2 seconds:
Success rate is 80 percent (4/5), round-trip min/avg/max = 1/1/1 ms
Okay—now why did I get only four pings to work instead of five? The first period [.] is a 
timeout, but the exclamation point [!] is a success.
It’s a good question, and here’s your answer: the first ping didn’t work because of the time 
that ARP takes to resolve the IP address to its corresponding hardware MAC address.
Check out the S3 switch configuration:
Switch#config t
SW-3(config)#hostname S3
S3(config)#enable secret todd
S3(config)#int f0/1
S3(config-if)#desc 1st connection to S1
S3(config-if)#int f0/2
S3(config-if)#desc 2nd connection to S1
S3(config-if)#int f0/5
S3(config-if)#desc 1st connection to S2
S3(config-if)#int f0/6
S3(config-if)#desc 2nd connection to S2
S3(config-if)#line con 0
S3(config-line)#password console
S3(config-line)#line vty 0 15
S3(config-line)#password telnet
S3(config-line)#int vlan 1
S3(config-if)#ip address
S3(config-if)#no shut
S3(config-if)#banner motd #This is the S3 switch#
S3#copy run start
Destination filename [startup-config]?[enter]
Building configuration...
Now let’s ping to S1 and S2 from the S3 switch and see what happens:
Type escape sequence to abort.
Sending 5, 100-byte ICMP Echos to, timeout is 2 seconds:
Success rate is 80 percent (4/5), round-trip min/avg/max = 1/3/9 ms
Type escape sequence to abort.
Sending 5, 100-byte ICMP Echos to, timeout is 2 seconds:
Success rate is 80 percent (4/5), round-trip min/avg/max = 1/3/9 ms
S3#sh ip arp
Protocol Address Age (min) Hardware Addr Type Interface
Internet 0 001c.575e.c8c0 ARPA Vlan1
Internet 0 b414.89d9.18c0 ARPA Vlan1
Internet - ecc8.8202.82c0 ARPA Vlan1

In the output of the show ip arp command, the dash (-) in the minutes column means 
that it is the physical interface of the device.
Now, before we move on to verifying the switch configurations, there’s one more command you need to know about, even though we don’t really need it in our current network 
because we don’t have a router involved. It’s the ip default-gateway command. If you 
want to manage your switches from outside your LAN, you must set a default gateway on 
the switches just as you would with a host, and you do this from global config. Here’s an 
example where we introduce our router with an IP address using the last IP address in our 
subnet range:
S3#config t
S3(config)#ip default-gateway
Now that we have all three switches basically configured, let’s have some fun with them!
Port Security
A secured switch port can associate anywhere from 1 to 8,192 MAC addresses, but the 3560s 
I am using can support only 6,144, which seems like way more than enough to me. You can 
choose to allow the switch to learn these values dynamically, or you can set static addresses 
for each port using the switchport port-security mac-address mac-address command.
So let’s set port security on our S3 switch now. Ports Fa0/3 and Fa0/4 will have only one 
device connected in our lab. By using port security, we’re assured that no other device can 
connect once our hosts in ports Fa0/3 and in Fa0/4 are connected. Here’s how to easily do 
that with just a couple commands:
S3#config t
S3(config)#int range f0/3-4
S3(config-if-range)#switchport mode access
S3(config-if-range)#switchport port-security
S3(config-if-range)#do show port-security int f0/3
Port Security : Enabled
Port Status : Secure-down
Violation Mode : Shutdown
Aging Time : 0 mins
Aging Type : Absolute
Secure-static Address Aging : Disabled
Maximum MAC Addresses : 1
Total MAC Addresses : 0
Configured MAC Addresses : 0
Sticky MAC Addresses : 0
Last Source Address:Vlan : 0000.0000.0000:0
Security Violation Count : 0
The first command sets the mode of the ports to “access” ports. These ports must be access 
or trunk ports to enable port security. By using the command switchport port-security on 
the interface, I’ve enabled port security with a maximum MAC address of 1 and violation of 
shutdown. These are the defaults, and you can see them in the highlighted output of the show 
port-security int f0/3 command in the preceding code.
Port security is enabled, as displayed on the first line, but the second line shows 
Secure-down because I haven’t connected my hosts into the ports yet. Once I do, the 
status will show Secure-up and would become Secure-shutdown if a violation occurs.
I’ve just got to point out this all-so-important fact one more time: It’s very important to 
remember that you can set parameters for port security but it won’t work until you enable 
port security at the interface level. Notice the output for port F0/6: 
S3#config t
S3(config)#int range f0/6
S3(config-if-range)#switchport mode access
S3(config-if-range)#switchport port-security violation restrict
S3(config-if-range)#do show port-security int f0/6
Port Security : Disabled
Port Status : Secure-up
Violation Mode : restrict
[output cut]
Port Fa0/6 has been configured with a violation of shutdown, but the first line shows that 
port security has not been enabled on the port yet. Remember, you must use this command at 
interface level to enable port security on a port:
S3(config-if-range)#switchport port-security
There are two other modes you can use instead of just shutting down the port. The 
restrict and protect modes mean that another host can connect up to the maximum MAC 
addresses allowed, but after the maximum has been met, all frames will just be dropped 
and the port won’t be shut down. Additionally, both the restrict mode and shutdown violation modes alert you via SNMP that a violation has occurred on a port. You can then 
call the abuser and tell them they’re so busted—you can see them, you know what they 
did, and they’re in serious trouble! 
If you’ve configured ports with the violation shutdown command, then the ports will 
look like this when a violation occurs:
S3#sh port-security int f0/3
Port Security : Enabled
Port Status : Secure-shutdown
Violation Mode : Shutdown
Aging Time : 0 mins
Aging Type : Absolute
Secure-static Address Aging : Disabled
Maximum MAC Addresses : 1
Total MAC Addresses : 2
Configured MAC Addresses : 0
Sticky MAC Addresses : 0
Last Source Address:Vlan : 0013:0ca69:00bb3:00ba8:1
Security Violation Count : 1
Here you can see that the port is in Secure-shutdown mode and the light for the port 
would be amber. To enable the port again, you’d need to do the following:
S3(config-if)#no shutdown
Let’s verify our switch configurations before we move onto VLANs in the next chapter. 
Beware that even though some switches will show err-disabled instead of Secure-shutdown
as my switch shows, there is no difference between the two.
Verifying Cisco Catalyst Switches
The first thing I like to do with any router or switch is to run through the configurations 
with a show running-config command. Why? Because doing this gives me a really great 
overview of each device. But it is time consuming, and showing you all the configs would 
take up way too many pages in this book. Besides, we can instead run other commands 
that will still stock us up with really good information.
For example, to verify the IP address set on a switch, we can use the show interface
command. Here’s the output:
S3#sh int vlan 1
Vlan1 is up, line protocol is up
 Hardware is EtherSVI, address is ecc8.8202.82c0 (bia ecc8.8202.82c0)
 Internet address is
 MTU 1500 bytes, BW 1000000 Kbit/sec, DLY 10 usec,
 reliability 255/255, txload 1/255, rxload 1/255
 Encapsulation ARPA, loop-back not set
 [output cut]
The above output shows the interface is in up/up status. Remember to always check this 
interface, either with this command or the show ip interface brief command. Lots of 
people tend to forget that this interface is shutdown by default.
Never forget that IP addresses aren’t needed on a switch for it to operate. 
The only reason we would set an IP address, mask, and default gateway is 
for management purposes.

show mac address-table
I’m sure you remember being shown this command earlier in the chapter. Using it displays 
the forward filter table, also called a content addressable memory (CAM) table. Here’s the 
output from the S1 switch:
S3#sh mac address-table
 Mac Address Table
Vlan Mac Address Type Ports
---- ----------- -------- -----
 All 0100.0ccc.cccc STATIC CPU
[output cut]
 1 000e.83b2.e34b DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 0011.1191.556f DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 0011.3206.25cb DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 001a.2f55.c9e8 DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 001a.4d55.2f7e DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 001c.575e.c891 DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 b414.89d9.1886 DYNAMIC Fa0/5
 1 b414.89d9.1887 DYNAMIC Fa0/6
The switches use things called base MAC addresses, which are assigned to the CPU. 
The first one listed is the base mac address of the switch. From the preceding output, you 
can see that we have six MAC addresses dynamically assigned to Fa0/1, meaning that port 
Fa0/1 is connected to another switch. Ports Fa0/5 and Fa0/6 only have one MAC address 
assigned, and all ports are assigned to VLAN 1.
Let’s take a look at the S2 switch CAM and see what we can find out.
S2#sh mac address-table
 Mac Address Table
Vlan Mac Address Type Ports
---- ----------- -------- -----
 All 0100.0ccc.cccc STATIC CPU
[output cut
 1 000e.83b2.e34b DYNAMIC Fa0/5
 1 0011.1191.556f DYNAMIC Fa0/5
 1 0011.3206.25cb DYNAMIC Fa0/5
 1 001a.4d55.2f7e DYNAMIC Fa0/5
1 581f.aaff.86b8 DYNAMIC Fa0/5
 1 ecc8.8202.8286 DYNAMIC Fa0/5
 1 ecc8.8202.82c0 DYNAMIC Fa0/5
Total Mac Addresses for this criterion: 27
This output tells us that we have seven MAC addresses assigned to Fa0/5, which is our 
connection to S3. But where’s port 6? Since port 6 is a redundant link to S3, STP placed 
Fa0/6 into blocking mode.
Assigning Static MAC Addresses
You can set a static MAC address in the MAC address table, but like setting static MAC 
port security without the sticky command, it’s a ton of work. Just in case you want to do 
it, here’s how it’s done:
S3(config)#mac address-table ?
 aging-time Set MAC address table entry maximum age
 learning Enable MAC table learning feature
 move Move keyword
 notification Enable/Disable MAC Notification on the switch
 static static keyword
S3(config)#mac address-table static aaaa.bbbb.ccc vlan 1 int fa0/7
S3(config)#do show mac address-table
 Mac Address Table
Vlan Mac Address Type Ports
---- ----------- -------- -----
 All 0100.0ccc.cccc STATIC CPU
[output cut]
 1 000e.83b2.e34b DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 0011.1191.556f DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 0011.3206.25cb DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 001a.4d55.2f7e DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 001b.d40a.0538 DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 001c.575e.c891 DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 aaaa.bbbb.0ccc STATIC Fa0/7
[output cut]
Total Mac Addresses for this criterion: 59
As shown on the left side of the output, you can see that a static MAC address has now 
been assigned permanently to interface Fa0/7 and that it’s also been assigned to VLAN 1 only.
Now admit it—this chapter had a lot of great information, and you really did learn a lot 
and, well, maybe even had a little fun along the way too! You’ve now configured and verified 
all switches and set port security. That means you’re now ready to learn all about virtual 
LANs! I’m going to save all our switch configurations so we’ll be able to start right from 
here in Chapter 11.
In this chapter, I talked about the differences between switches and bridges and how they both 
work at layer 2. They create MAC address forward/filter tables in order to make decisions on 
whether to forward or flood a frame.
I also covered some problems that can occur if you have multiple links between bridges 
Finally, I covered detailed configuration of Cisco’s Catalyst switches, including verifying 
the configuration.
Exam Essentials
Remember the three switch functions. Address learning, forward/filter decisions, and 
loop avoidance are the functions of a switch.
Remember the command show mac address-table. The command show mac address table will show you the forward/filter table used on the LAN switch.
Understand the reason for port security. Port security restricts access to a switch based on 
MAC addresses. 
Know the command to enable port security. To enable port security on a port, you must 
first make sure the port is an access port and then use the switchport port-security
command at interface level. You can set the port security parameters before or after 
enabling port security.
Know the commands to verify port security. To verify port security, use the show 
port-security, show port-security interface interface, and show running-config

Written Lab 10

The answers to this lab can be found in Appendix A, “Answers to Written Labs.”
Write the answers to the following questions:
1. What command will show you the forward/filter table?
2. If a destination MAC address is not in the forward/filter table, what will the switch do 
with the frame?
3. What are the three switch functions at layer 2?
4. If a frame is received on a switch port and the source MAC address is not in the for￾ward/filter table, what will the switch do?
5. What are the default modes for a switch port configured with port security?
Hands-on Labs
In this section, you will use the following switched network to configure your switching 
labs. You can use any Cisco switches to do this lab, as well as LammleSim IOS version. 
They do not need to be multilayer switches, just layer 2 switches.
The first lab (Lab 10.1) requires you to configure three switches, and then you will verify 
them in Lab 10.2. 
The labs in this chapter are as follows:
Hands-on Lab 10.1: Configuring Layer 2 Switches 
Hands-on Lab 10.2 Verifying Layer 2 Switches
Hands-on Lab 10.3: Configuring Port Security
Lab 10.1: Configuring Layer 2 Switches
In this lab, you will configure the three switches in the graphic: 
1. Connect to the S1 switch and configure the following, not in any particular order:
uu Hostname
uu Banner
uu Interface description
uu Passwords
uu IP address, subnet mask, default gateway
Switch#config t
Switch(config)#hostname S1
S1(config)#enable secret todd
S1(config)#int f0/15
S1(config-if)#description 1st connection to S3
S1(config-if)#int f0/16
S1(config-if)#description 2nd connection to S3
S1(config-if)#int f0/17
S1(config-if)#description 1st connection to S2
S1(config-if)#int f0/18
S1(config-if)#description 2nd connection to S2
S1(config-if)#int f0/8
S1(config-if)#desc Connection to IVR
S1(config-if)#line con 0
S1(config-line)#password console
S1(config-line)#line vty 0 15
S1(config-line)#password telnet
S1(config-line)#int vlan 1
S1(config-if)#ip address
S1(config-if)#no shut
S1(config)#banner motd #this is my S1 switch#
S1#copy run start
Destination filename [startup-config]? [enter]
Building configuration...
2. Connect to the S2 switch and configure all the settings you used in step 1. Do not for￾get to use a different IP address on the switch.
3. Connect to the S3 switch and configure all the settings you used in step 1 and 2. Do 
not forget to use a different IP address on the switch.
Lab 10.2: Verifying Layer 2 Switches
Once you configure a device, you must be able to verify it.
1. Connect to each switch and verify the management interface.
S1#sh interface vlan 1
2. Connect to each switch and verify the CAM.
S1#sh mac address-table
3. Verify your configurations with the following commands:
S1#sh running-config
S1#sh ip int brief
Lab 10.3: Configuring Port Security
Port security is a big Cisco objective. Do not skip this lab!
1. Connect to your S3 switch.
2. Configure port Fa0/3 with port security.
S3#config t
S(config)#int fa0/3
S3(config-if#Switchport mode access
S3(config-if#switchport port-security
3. Check your default setting for port security.
S3#show port-security int f0/3
4. Change the settings to have a maximum of two MAC addresses that can associate to 
interface Fa0/3.
S3#config t
S(config)#int fa0/3
S3(config-if#switchport port-security maximum 2
5. Change the violation mode to restrict.
S3#config t
S(config)#int fa0/3
S3(config-if#switchport port-security violation restrict
6. Verify your configuration with the following commands:
S3#show port-security
S3#show port-security int fa0/3
S3#show running-config

Review Questions

The following questions are designed to test your understanding of this 
chapter’s material. For more information on how to get additional questions, 
please see this book’s introduction.
The answers to these questions can be found in Appendix B, “Answers to Chapter 
Review Questions.”
1. Which of the following statements is not true with regard to layer 2 switching?
A. Layer 2 switches and bridges are faster than routers because they don’t take up 
time looking at the Data Link layer header information.
B. Layer 2 switches and bridges look at the frame’s hardware addresses before deciding 
to either forward, flood, or drop the frame.
C. Switches create private, dedicated collision domains and provide independent 
bandwidth on each port.
D. Switches use application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to build and maintain 
their MAC filter tables.
2. Type the command that generated the last entry in the MAC address table shown. 
Type the command only, without the prompt.
Mac Address Table
Vlan Mac Address Type Ports
---- ----------- -------- -----
 All 0100.0ccc.cccc STATIC CPU
[output cut]
 1 000e.83b2.e34b DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 0011.1191.556f DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 0011.3206.25cb DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 001a.4d55.2f7e DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 001b.d40a.0538 DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 001c.575e.c891 DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 aaaa.bbbb.0ccc STATIC Fa0/7

3. In the diagram shown, what will the switch do if a frame with a destination MAC 
address of 000a.f467.63b1 is received on Fa0/4? (Choose all that apply.)
A. Drop the frame.
B. Send the frame out of Fa0/3.
C. Send the frame out of Fa0/4.
D. Send the frame out of Fa0/5.
E. Send the frame out of Fa0/6.
4. Write the command that generated the following output.
 Mac Address Table
Vlan Mac Address Type Ports
---- ----------- -------- -----
 All 0100.0ccc.cccc STATIC CPU
[output cut]
 1 000e.83b2.e34b DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 0011.1191.556f DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 0011.3206.25cb DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 001a.2f55.c9e8 DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 001a.4d55.2f7e DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 001c.575e.c891 DYNAMIC Fa0/1
 1 b414.89d9.1886 DYNAMIC Fa0/5
 1 b414.89d9.1887 DYNAMIC Fa0/6
5. In the work area draw the functions of a switch from the list on the left to the right.
Address learning
Packet forwarding
Layer three security
Forward/filter decisions
Loop avoidance
Target 1
Target 2
Target 3
6. What statement(s) is/are true about the output shown below? (Choose all that apply.)
S3#sh port-security int f0/3
Port Security : Enabled
Port Status : Secure-shutdown
Violation Mode : Shutdown
Aging Time : 0 mins
Aging Type : Absolute
Secure-static Address Aging : Disabled
Maximum MAC Addresses : 1
Total MAC Addresses : 2
Configured MAC Addresses : 0
Sticky MAC Addresses : 0
Last Source Address:Vlan : 0013:0ca69:00bb3:00ba8:1
Security Violation Count : 1
A. The port light for F0/3 will be amber in color.
B. The F0/3 port is forwarding frames.
C. This problem will resolve itself in a few minutes.
D. This port requires the shutdown command to function. 
7. Write the command that would limit the number of MAC addresses allowed on a port 
to 2. Write only the command and not the prompt.
8. Which of the following commands in the configuration, is a prerequisite for the other 
commands to function?
S3#config t
S(config)#int fa0/3
S3(config-if#switchport port-security
S3(config-if#switchport port-security maximum 3
S3(config-if#switchport port-security violation restrict
S3(config-if#Switchport mode-security aging time 10
A. switchport mode-security aging time 10
B. switchport port-security
C. switchport port-security maximum 3
D. switchport port-security violation restrict
9. Which if the following is not an issue addressed by STP?
A. Broadcast storms
B. Gateway redundancy
C. A device receiving multiple copies of the same frame
D. Constant updating of the MAC filter table
10. What issue that arises when redundancy exists between switches is shown in the figure?
A. Broadcast storm
B. Routing loop
C. Port violation
D. Loss of gateway
11. Which two of the following switch port violation modes will alert you via SNMP that 
a violation has occurred on a port? 
A. Restrict
B. Protect
C. Shutdown
D. Err-disable
12. _______________ is the loop avoidance mechanism used by switches.
13. Write the command that must be present on any switch that you need to manage from 
a different subnet.
14. On which interface have you configured an IP address for a switch? 
A. int fa0/0
B. int vty 0 15
C. int vlan 1
D. int s/0/0
15. Which Cisco IOS command is used to verify the port security configuration of a 
switch port?
A. show interfaces port-security
B. show port-security interface
C. show ip interface
D. show interfaces switchport
16. Write the command that will save a dynamically learned MAC address in the running configuration of a Cisco switch?
17. Which of the following methods will ensure that only one specific host can connect to 
port F0/3 on a switch? (Choose two. Each correct answer is a separate solution.)
A. Configure port security on F0/3 to accept traffic other than that of the MAC 
address of the host.
B. Configure the MAC address of the host as a static entry associated with port F0/3.
C. Configure an inbound access control list on port F0/3 limiting traffic to the IP 
address of the host.
D. Configure port security on F0/3 to accept traffic only from the MAC address of 
the host.
18. What will be the effect of executing the following command on port F0/1?
switch(config-if)# switchport port-security mac-address 00C0.35F0.8301
A. The command configures an inbound access control list on port F0/1, limiting 
traffic to the IP address of the host.
B. The command expressly prohibits the MAC address of 00c0.35F0.8301 as an 
allowed host on the switch port.
C. The command encrypts all traffic on the port from the MAC address of 
D. The command statically defines the MAC address of 00c0.35F0.8301 as an 
allowed host on the switch port.
19. The conference room has a switch port available for use by the presenter during classes, 
and each presenter uses the same PC attached to the port. You would like to prevent 
other PCs from using that port. You have completely removed the former configuration 
in order to start anew. Which of the following steps is not required to prevent any other 
PCs from using that port?
A. Enable port security.
B. Assign the MAC address of the PC to the port.
C. Make the port an access port.
D. Make the port a trunk port.
20. Write the command required to disable the port if a security violation occurs. Write 
only the command and not the prompt.


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