A bridge cluster is a collection of ESXi host transport nodes that can provide layer 2 bridging to a logical switch.
A bridge cluster can have a maximum of two ESXi host transport nodes as bridge nodes. With two bridge nodes, a bridge cluster will provide high availability in an active-standby mode. Even if you want to have one bridge node, you still must create a bridge cluster. After creating the bridge cluster, you can add an additional bridge node later.
- Create at least one NSX-T Data Center transport node for use as a bridge node.
- The transport node used as a bridge node must be an ESXi host. KVM is not supported for bridge nodes.
- It is recommended that bridge nodes not have any hosted VMs.
- A transport node can be added to only one bridge cluster. You cannot add the same transport node to multiple bridge clusters.
- Select from the navigation panel.
- Click the ESXi Bridge Clusters tab.
- Click Add.
- Enter a name and optionally a description.
- Select a transport zone for the bridge cluster.
- From the Available column, select transport nodes and click the right arrow to move them to the Selected column.
- Click the Add button.
What to do next
You can now associate a logical switch with the bridge cluster.