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Configuring a Virtual Switch Routing Instance on MX Series Routers

On MX Series routers only, use the virtual-switch routing instance type to isolate a LAN segment with its spanning-tree instance and to separate its VLAN ID space. A bridge domain consists of a set of ports that share the same flooding or broadcast characteristics. Each virtual switch represents a Layer 2 network. You can optionally configure a virtual switch to support Integrated Routing and Bridging (IRB), which facilitates simultaneous Layer 2 bridging and Layer 3 IP routing on the same interface. You can also configure Layer 2 control protocols to provide loop resolution. Protocols supported include the Spanning-Tree Protocol (STP), Rapid Spanning-Tree Protocols (RSTP), Multiple Spanning-Tree Protocol (MSTP), and VLAN Spanning-Tree Protocol (VSTP).

To create a routing instance for a virtual switch, include at least the following statements in the configuration:

For more information about configuring virtual switches, see Configuring a Layer 2 Virtual Switch .