Steps to Configure IP Address and Hostname in vSphere ESXi 7

Once you install VMware ESXi on the physical host, the next basic step will be to configure IP address and hostname. By default, IP address is set to receive IP from DHCP server and the hostname is set to localhost. This article will show steps to configure IP Address and hostname in vSphere ESXi 7.

Steps to Configure IP Address and Hostname in vSphere ESXi 7

Step 1. Log on to the VMware ESXi Direct Console User Interface (DCUI). When you finish installing ESXi server, you are presented with DCUI interface as shown below. DCUI isn’t accessible remotely and is something you will have to access directly from the server with keyboard and monitor hooked onto the server. Once you have access to the DCUI, press on F2 to customize the system settings.

Steps to Configure IP Address and Hostname in vSphere ESXi 7

This will bring up a login screen as shown below. Enter root credentials and press Enter.

Steps to Configure IP Address and Hostname in vSphere ESXi 7

Step 2. Once you login successfully, System Customization setting will be displayed as shown in screenshot below. Use your keyboard arrow keys to select Configure Management Network option and click Enter.

Steps to Configure IP Address and Hostname in vSphere ESXi 7

Now Configure Management Network setting will be displayed as shown below. This is where you can setup IP address, hostname and other network settings of the ESXi server. Select IPv4 configuration option and press Enter.

Steps to Configure IP Address and Hostname in vSphere ESXi 7

Step 3. Under IPv4 Configuration options as shown below, there are three options to choose from. The second option “Use dynamic IPv4 address and network configuration” is selected by default, which means the ESXi host will receive IP from DHCP server if there is any in the network. Use arrow keys to select the third option “Set static IPv4 address and network configuration” and press space bar to select the option. You can then type static IP Address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway as shown below. After configuring this, press Enter to continue.

Steps to Configure IP Address and Hostname in vSphere ESXi 7

Step 4. You will then be taken back to Configure Management Network options. Select DNS configuration and click Enter.

Steps to Configure IP Address and Hostname in vSphere ESXi 7

Choose the second option “Use the following DNS server addresses and hostname”. From here you will be able to configure the DNS server and hostname. Once completed press Enter.

Steps to Configure IP Address and Hostname in vSphere ESXi 7

Step 5. This will take you back to Configure the Management Network options. The last and most crucial step, which is very easy to forget is to save all these changes made. To do this, press ESC from the configure management network screen below.

Steps to Configure IP Address and Hostname in vSphere ESXi 7

Step 6. You will be presented with screen below. Press Y to apply the changes and restart management network. It will take less than a minute to restart the management network interface.

Steps to Configure IP Address and Hostname in vSphere ESXi 7

Step 7. You will now see the new IP address and host name you configured as shown below. Notice the IP address now is ending with (STATIC) word, before it was (DHCP).

Steps to Configure IP Address and Hostname in vSphere ESXi 7

In this way you can configure IP Address and Hostname in vSphere ESXi 7. Now you can log in to the ESXi host using the URL https://192.168.110.194/ in your browser. Then you can start creating virtual machines and manage the ESXi host.

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Patrick Odhiambo

Patrick is a technical consultant providing IT professional services and training solutions to clients. His key competencies are on VMware, SAN, Microsoft Exchange, and Active Directory. He likes sharing his experience through writing articles and you can contact him on Linkedin.
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