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Spanning Tree - EGDE port

Posted on 2009-07-09
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I have had various issues with Spanning Tree Protocol on my switches and now been recommended to enable the setting 'EDGE CONTROL' on ports connected only to 'Servers and Computers'. Can I apply this setting to ports that uplink to other switches as well? If I can make ALL the ports the same setting rather than keeping a record of 'uplink' ports it would make life easier, do you think this separaton of computer and uplink ports is absolutely necessary?

My 2003 network is completely flat (servers --> switch --> uplinks to other switches)
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>Can I apply this setting to ports that uplink to other switches as well?

No. The "edge" port setting tells the switch that port is connected to an end device and is not part of the spanning tree topology. As such, it will bypass some of the STP processes. This could result is unexpected behavior if the port is connected to a switch.
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thanks, but for servers (as well as workstations) it is fine to set EDGE?
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Yes. Actually, it's strongly recommended.
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