Configuring VTP Clients and Servers on Cisco Catalyst Switches

Lab Objective:

The objective of this lab exercise is for you to learn and understand how to configure VTP server and client modes on Cisco Catalyst Switches. By default, all Cisco switches are VTP server devices.

Lab Purpose:

Configuring VTP client and server modes is a fundamental skill. VLANs are configured on VTP servers. Also, VTP clients receive VLAN information from the VTP servers in the same VTP domain. VLAN sharing is possible by using a trunk between the switches. As a Cisco engineer, as well as in the Cisco CCNA exam. You will be expected to know how to configure VTP client and server modes.

Certification Level:

This lab is suitable for both CCENT and CCNA certification exam preparation.

Lab Difficulty:

This lab has a difficulty rating of 5/10.

Readiness Assessment:

When you are ready for your certification exam, you should complete this lab in no more than 15 minutes.

Lab Topology:

Please use the following topology to complete this lab exercise:

Task 1:

In preparation for VLAN configuration, configure a hostname on the switches and routers as depicted in the topology. Keep in mind that the default mode of operation of Cisco Catalyst Switches is VTP server mode. Remember to use a crossover cable between the switches.

Task 2:

Configure and verify Sw1 as a VTP server switch and configure Sw2 as a VTP client switch. Both switches should be in the VTP domain named CISCO.

Task 3:

Configure and verify FastEthernet0/1 between Sw1 and Sw2 as an 802.1Q trunk.

Task 4:

Configure and verify VLANs 10 and 20 on Sw1 with the names provided above. Assign FastEthernet0/2 on both Sw1 and Sw2 to VLAN10. This interface should be configured as an access port.

Task 5:

Configure R1 and R3 FastEthernet0/0 interfaces with the IP addresses and, respectively. Test connectivity via your VLANs by pinging R1 from R3, and vice versa.

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