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Cisco  IOS Switching  Services  Overview

Cisco  IOS Switching  Services  Overview

The Cisco  IOS Switching Services Configuration Guide provides guidelines for configuring switching paths and routing between virtual local-area networks (VLANs) with the Cisco  IOS  software.

This guide is intended for the network administrator who designs and implements router-based internetworks and needs to incorporate switching, NetFlow accounting, or routing between virtual local-area networks (VLANS) into the network. It presents a set of general guidelines for configuring switching of various protocols, NetFlow accounting, routing between VLANs, and local-area network (LAN) emulation. The objective of this guide is to provide you with the information you need to configure any of these features.

You should know how to configure a Cisco router and should be familiar with the protocols and media that your routers are configured to support. Knowledge of basic network topology is essential.

Document Organization

This document comprises seven parts, each focusing on a different aspect of switching within Cisco  IOS software. Each part begins with a brief technology overview and follows with the corresponding configuration guidelines for that technology or set of features. This document contains these parts:

Related References

The references listed here contain background information that is helpful in designing internetworks that incorporate switching and VLANs when planning routing between VLANs.

This guide presents a set of general guidelines for planning internetworks and provides specific suggestions for several key internetworking implementations. This guide focuses on design issues of large-scale implementations for environments such as Internetwork Protocol (IP) internetworks, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), IBM System Network Architecture (SNA) internetworks, source-route bridging (SRB), Synchronous Data Link Control (SDLC) and serial tunneling (STUN), SDLC Logical Link, Control type 2 (SDLLC), Qualified Logical Link Control (QLLC), Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) internetworks, packet service internetworks, Frame Relay, and dial-on-demand routing (DDR) internetworks.
This guide is designed to help you understand the Catalyst 5000 series switches, initially configure the switch to work in your network, and customize the switch configuration to fit your needs. For an alphabetical listing of software commands used to configure and maintain the switch, refer to the Catalyst 5000 Series Command Reference publication.
This guide provides an overview of VLANs and describes how to use VlanDirector to create and manage VLANs. VlanDirector is a management tool with a graphical user interface that provides multiple windows for adding new users, moving users between wiring closets, changing user's VLAN associations, displaying configuration status, and provides both physical and logical views of interconnected Catalyst switches. Network administrators responsible for initial setup and configuration of VLANs will find this guide useful for understanding VLANs and segmenting LANs with VLAN configurations.


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