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Use the Bridge template for all vEdge Cloud and vEdge router devices.

To have a vEdge router act as a transparent bridge, configure bridging domains on the router. A router can have up to 16 bridging domains.

To configure the bridging domains using vManage templates:

  1. Create a Bridge feature template, as described in this article.
  2. Create a VPN Interface Bridge feature template to enable integrated routing and bridging (IRB).

Navigate to the Template Screen and Name the Template

  1. In vManage NMS, select the Configuration ► Templates screen.
  2. In the Device tab, click Create Template.
  3. From the Create Template drop-down, select From Feature Template.
  4. From the Device Model drop-down, select the type of device for which you are creating the template.
  5. Click the Additional Templates tab located directly beneath the Description field, or scroll to the Additional Templates section.
  6. Click the plus sign (+) next to Bridge.
  7. From the Bridge drop-down, click Create Template. The Bridge template form is displayed. The top of the form contains fields for naming the template, and the bottom contains fields for defining Bridge parameters.
  8. In the Template Name field, enter a name for the template. The name can be up to 128 characters and can contain only alphanumeric characters.
  9. In the Template Description field, enter a description of the template. The description can be up to 2048 characters and can contain only alphanumeric characters.

When you first open a feature template, for each parameter that has a default value, the scope is set to Default (indicated by a check mark), and the default setting or value is shown. To change the default or to enter a value, click the scope drop-down to the left of the parameter field and select one of the following:

Parameter Scope

Scope Description

Device Specific (indicated by a host icon)

Use a device-specific value for the parameter. For device-specific parameters, you cannot enter a value in the feature template. You enter the value when you attach a Viptela device to a device template.

When you click Device Specific, the Enter Key box opens. This box displays a key, which is a unique string that identifies the parameter in a CSV file that you create. This file is an Excel spreadsheet that contains one column for each key. The header row contains the key names (one key per column), and each row after that corresponds to a device and defines the values of the keys for that device. You upload the CSV file when you attach a Viptela device to a device template. For more information, see Create a Template Variables Spreadsheet.

To change the default key, type a new string and move the cursor out of the Enter Key box.

Examples of device-specific parameters are system IP address, hostname, GPS location, and site ID.

Global (indicated by a globe icon)

Enter a value for the parameter, and apply that value to all devices.

Examples of parameters that you might apply globally to a group of devices are DNS server, syslog server, and interface MTUs.

Configure Bridging Domains

To configure bridging domains, select the Basic Configuration tab and configure the following parameters. For bridging to work, you must also associate interfaces with the bridging domain. Parameters marked with an asterisk are required to configure bridging.

Parameter Name Description
Bridge Name* Enter a text description of the bridging domain. It can be up to 32 characters.

Enter the VLAN identifier to associate with the bridging domain.
Range: 0 through 4095

Maximum MAC Addresses

Specify the maximum number of MAC addresses that the bridging domain can learn.
Range: 0 through 4096
Default: 1024

Age-Out Time

Specify how long to store an entry in the MAC table before it ages out.
Range: 10 through 4096 seconds
Default: 300 seconds (5 minutes)

To save the feature template, click Save.

CLI equivalent:

bridge bridge-id
  age-time seconds
  max-macs number
  name text
  vlan number 

Associate Interfaces with the Bridge Domain

To associate an interface with the bridge domain, click the Interface tab and click Add New Interface:

Parameter Name Description
Interface Name* Enter the name of the interface to associate with the bridging domain, in the format geslot/port.
Description Enter a text description of the interface.
Native VLAN Support Click Enabled to configure the interface to carry untagged traffic. By default, native VLAN is disabled.
Shutdown Click No to enable the interface. By default, an interface in a bridge domain is disabled.
Static MAC Address Click Add Static MAC Address, and in the MAC Static Address field that appears, enter a static MAC address entry for the interface in the bridge domain. Click Add MAC Address to add another static MAC address entry for the interface. Click Save to save the MAC address or addresses.

To save the feature template, click Save.

CLI equivalent:

bridge bridge-id
  interface interface-name
    description "text description"
    [no] shutdown
    static-mac-address mac-address

Release Information

Introduced in vManage NMS in Release 15.3.

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