200-301 Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Which action do the switches take on the trunk link?

Refer to the exhibit. Which action do the switches take on the trunk link?

  • A. The trunk does not form, and the ports go into an err-disabled status.
  • B. The trunk forms, but the mismatched native VLANs are merged into a single broadcast domain.
  • C. The trunk forms, but VLAN 99 and VLAN 999 are in a shutdown state.
  • D. The trunk does not form, but VLAN 99 and VLAN 999 are allowed to traverse the link.
Answer: Option B.
Explanation: 

Section: Network Access
The trunk still forms with mismatched native VLANs and the traffic can actually flow between mismatched switches. But it is absolutely necessary that the native VLANs on both ends of a trunk link match; otherwise a native VLAN mismatch occurs, causing the two VLANs to effectively merge. For example with the above configuration, SW1 would send untagged frames for VLAN 999. SW2 receives them but would think they are for VLAN 99 so we can say these two VLANs are merged.

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