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.
This will bring up a login screen as shown below. Enter root credentials and press Enter.
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.
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.
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.
Step 4. You will then be taken back to Configure Management Network options. Select DNS configuration and click Enter.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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