One logical router can have multiple bridging instances, however, the routing and bridging instances cannot share the same vxlan/vlan network. Traffic to and from the bridged vlan and bridged vxlan cannot be routed to the bridged network and vice versa.


  • An NSX logical router must be deployed in your environment.

  • You cannot use a universal logical router to configure bridging, and you cannot add a bridge to a universal logical switch.


  1. Log in to the vSphere Web Client.
  2. Click Networking & Security and then click NSX Edges.
  3. Double click the logical router that will be used for bridging.

    The bridge instance has to be created in the same routing instance to which the vxlan is connected. One bridge instance can have one vxlan and one vlan, the vxlan and vlan cannot overlap. The same vxlan and vlan cannot connect to more than one bridge instances.

  4. Click Manage and then click Bridging.

    The logical switch that is being used as a router will state Routing Enabled.

  5. Click the Add () icon.
  6. Type a name for the bridge.
  7. Select the logical switch that you want to create a bridge for.
  8. Select the distributed virtual port group to which you want to bridge the logical switch.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Click OK again in the Add Bridge window.
  11. Click Publish for changes to the bridging configuration to take effect.

    The logical switch that is used for bridging will now appear with Routing Enabled specified. For more information, see Add a Logical Switch and Connect Virtual Machines to a Logical Switch.