A device that runs MST supports a built-in protocol migration feature that enables it to interoperate with 802.1D STP devices. If this devoce receives an 802.1D configuration BPDU (a BPDU with the protocol version set to 0), it sends only 802.1D BPDUs on that port. In addition, an MST device can detect that a port is at the boundary of a region when it receives an 802.1D BPDU, an MST BPDU (Version 3) associated with a different region, or an 802.1w BPDU (Version 2).
However, the device does not automatically revert to the MST mode if it no longer receives 802.1D BPDUs because it cannot detect whether the 802.1D device has been removed from the link unless the 802.1D device is the designated device. A device might also continue to assign a boundary role to a port when the device to which this device is connected has joined the region.
To restart the protocol migration process (force the renegotiation with neighboring devices), enter the clear spanning-tree detected-protocols command.
All Rapid PVST+ switches (and all 8021.D STP switches) on the link can process MST BPDUs as if they are 802.1w BPDUs. MST devices can send either Version 0 configuration and topology change notification (TCN) BPDUs or Version 3 MST BPDUs on a boundary port. A boundary port connects to a LAN, the designated device of which is either a single spanning tree device or a device with a different MST configuration.
MST interoperates with the Cisco prestandard MSTP whenever it receives prestandard MSTP on an MST port; no explicit configuration is necessary. In Cisco NX-OS Release 4.0(2) and later releases, you can configure specified interfaces to send prestandard MSTP messages all the time; it does not have to wait to receive a prestandard MST message to begin sending prestandard MST messages.
You can also configure the interface to proactively send prestandard MSTP messages.