I have three switches and I configured VLAN with trunk on those switches but my requirement is VLAN 1, VLAN 2, VLAN 3 has to be configured on Switch 1 and Switch 3, but I don't need VLAN 2 configuration on Switch 2, so for this requirement for configuration, what should I have to configure and in which switch?

Switch 1 <---> Switch 2 <---> Switch 3
VLAN 1-3       VLAN 1,3       VLAN 1-3
  • You question is confusing. Do you mean that Switch 1 needs all three VLANs, but Switch 2 needs only VLANs 1 and 3? Also, what are the switch models?
    – Ron Maupin
    Feb 25, 2018 at 17:12
  • Yes, three switches are connected and switch model cisco catalyst 2960 model and for example first and third switches need vlan 1 ,2,3 access but in second switch only need vlan 1& 3 access only. Feb 26, 2018 at 5:41
  • But how are they connected (star, bus, ring)? Which interfaces are connected to which switches?
    – Ron Maupin
    Feb 26, 2018 at 5:43
  • which is connected in Bus topology Feb 26, 2018 at 5:44
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    Apr 1, 2018 at 21:22

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You need to configure the switch interfaces as trunks:

switchport mode trunk

You may want to restrict the VLANs on the trunks:

switchport trunk allowed vlan 1 - 3

All three VLANs will be transported across the trunks, but you simply do not use VLAN 2 on any Switch 2 access interfaces.

A better design is to use a star topology, where both Switch 2 and Switch 3 connect back to Switch 1. You can then restrict the trunk interfaces between Switch 1 and Switch 2 to VLANs 1 and 3:

switchport trunk allowed vlan 1 , 3

If you connect them in a ring, you could also use the above command for the trunk interfaces between Switch 2 and Switch 3.

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