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Can I connect a C3560-IPBASEK9-M (Ver. 2) with POE to a C2960-LANBASE-M

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Is it even possible to connect a C3560-IPBASEK9-M (Ver. 2) with POE to a C2960-LANBASE-M switch and expect connectivity and VLAN propegation?
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Yes, that's possible. For vlan propagation (assuming you are referring to vtp), all you need is a trunk between both switches. Of course, for vtp to work properly, both switches need to be configured to use the same version (preferably), vtp domain and vtp password.
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On the 3560, the config would look something like this:
! configure vtp
switch(config)#vtp version 2
switch(config)#vtp domain <my_vtp_domain>
switch(config)#vtp password <my_vtp_password>
!
! configure a trunk interface to the 2960
switch(config)#interface <interface_connecting_to_2960>
switch(config-if)#switchport
switch(config-if)#switchport trunk encapsulation dot1q
switch(config-if)#switchport mode trunk

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On the 2960, the config would look something like this
! configure vtp
switch(config)#vtp version 2
switch(config)#vtp domain <my_vtp_domain>
switch(config)#vtp password <my_vtp_password>
!
! configure a trunk interface to the 3560
switch(config)#interface <interface_connecting_to_3560>
switch(config-if)#switchport mode trunk

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Oh, I forgot to mention, by default a switch will be a vtp server, which will allow you to add, change and remove vlans on it. It is considered best practice to select one switch to be the vtp server and set all other switches in the domain to vtp client mode.

To see what the current operating mode is on a switch, use:
switch#show vtp status

To change the vtp operating mode for a switch to client mode:
switch(config)#vtp mode client
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