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detect vtp domain

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Hi,
I just added a switch to the network. I manage my own switch and it is not managed by the network admins. I ran a vtp status to see if a vtp domain exists but didn't see anything. I think it exisits but how does one configure it so the vtp domain cannot be seen outside of its core switches? Would this be transparent mode? Also if it is in a blocked or invisible mode how can that be done and how can it be undone?

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Don JohnstonInstructor
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>Also if you configure your domain as the same domain as the other switches in the network, transparent mode will still pass vtp messages received to other switches it is connected to via trunks.

Unless version 2 is running. In which case VTP updates will be passed even if they're from different domain names.
Did not know that about v2.

Thanks donjohnston!!
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all Cisco sws by default in server mode. even if you configure domain it will not do anything unless you set other items like, password, vtp version, vtp revison #. Just by giveing domain name will not create any impact on your network.
Don JohnstonInstructor
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>even if you configure domain it will not do anything unless you set other items like, password, vtp version, vtp revison #. Just by giveing domain name will not create any impact on your network.

Wanna bet? :-)

By default, there is no password, the vtp version is v1 and the revision # can't be manually set. It increments whenever the vlan database is changed. So assuming everything is left at the defaults, if you introduce a switch to the network, there will be an impact. Either on the other switches or the new one (unless the configuration revision # coincidentially matches).
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donjohnston, You are correct but SW1 - VTP server to SW2 - vtp server will not start shring info.
Don JohnstonInstructor
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Without knowing the VTP status of both switches, how can you determine that?
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Well, one thing for sure, VTP server will not be VTP client unless admin makes the change, and that is for sure.

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