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Cisco MST Migration



I have current topology with many access switches and distribution switches in around 5 buildings. all run PVST , I need to migrate from PVST to MST mode, all destruction switches not stacking just use Trunk between each other.


The issue that almost all access switches not physically access, only remotely.

My question what is best practice to migrate from PVST to MST without lose the connectivity to the access switches?

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There is no big steps required (both are the same spanning tree mechanism to protect loops), this as good as you migration from STP environment.


Any STP change required 5-20/30 seconds convergence, depends on how big your network and convergency take in place based on ROOT bridge location.


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Actually I want to migrate to MST for a customer request , this request not ready for any debate.

He just want MST.

That's why I am asking what is the best practice to configure the MST in this scenario remotely without lose the connectivity


Hello @Hamada Ahmed ,

use the following document as a guide


MST and PVST can interoperate on each switch inter link basis however to avoid issues you need to have consistency on the placement of the root bridge for the CIST ( instance 0) or it is in the MST region or it is on  the PVST region. Vlan 1 for PVST I would say.

There are then constraints about the root bridge ID of all PVST instances (one per VLAN) to avoid issues as explained in the document.

To be noted with modern PVST or Rapid PVST implementation where the priority is base value + Vlan-id there is consistency on the fact that the root bridge of other Vlans are worse then the one of Vlan 1 ( higher priority so worse)


So first of all you need to ensure that no access switch is root bridge for any Vlan

Then you can migrate the distribution switches to MST and be able to connect to underlaying access switches and migrate them one at a time.


Notice you prepare and configure  the MST configuration first this is allowed,  and then you migrate to MST I did this in a customer network and it is very handy.

MST config

then check it to match .

then change mode using

spanning-tree mode mst


Hope to help




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