When you have VMs that are connected to the NSX-T Data Center overlay, you can configure a bridge-backed segment to provide layer 2 connectivity with other devices or VMs that are outside of your NSX-T Data Center deployment.


  • Verify that you have an Edge bridge profile.
  • Configure one of the following options: promiscuous mode, MAC learning, or a sink port. See Configure Edge-Based Bridging.
  • At least one ESXi or KVM host to serve as a regular transport node. This node has hosted VMs that require connectivity with devices outside of a NSX-T Data Center deployment.
  • A VM or another end device outside of the NSX-T Data Center deployment. This end device must be attached to a VLAN port matching the VLAN ID of the bridge-backed segment.
  • One segment in an overlay transport zone to serve as the bridge-backed segment.


  1. From a browser, log in to an NSX Manager at https://<nsx-mgr>.
  2. Select Networking > Segments
  3. Click the menu icon (three dots) of the overlay segment that you want to configure layer 2 bridging on and select Edit.
  4. In the Edge Bridges field, click Set.
  5. Click Add Edge Bridge.
    You can add one or more Edge bridge profiles.
  6. Select an Edge bridge profile.
  7. Select a transport zone.
  8. Enter a VLAN ID or a VLAN trunk specification (specify VLAN ranges and not individual VLANs).
  9. (Optional) Select a teaming policy.
  10. Click Add.


You can test the functionality of the bridge by sending a ping from a VM attached to the segment to a device that is external to the NSX-T deployment.