You can add a bridge from a logical switch to a distributed virtual port group.


A configured logical switch and a VLAN-backed distributed virtual port group.

The logical switch and the VLAN-backed distributed virtual port group that are to be bridged together must exist on the same Virtual Distributed Switch (VDS).

A DLR Control VM on a hypervisor where the VDS with the logical switch and VLAN-backed distributed virtual port group are instantiated must be deployed in your environment.

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

Caution: Bridged traffic enters and leaves an ESXi host through the uplink port on the dvSwitch that is used for the VXLAN traffic. VDS teaming or failover policy for VLAN is not used for the bridged traffic.


  1. Log in to the vSphere Web Client.
  2. Click Networking & Security > NSX Edges.
  3. Double-click a distributed logical router.
  4. Click Manage > Bridging.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Enter a name for the bridge.
    Caution: Bridge name must not exceed 40 characters. Bridge configuration fails when the name exceeds 40 characters.
  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 Publish for the changes to take effect.