Configure IP Address and Hostname of ESXi 6.0 (Part-6)

After installing ESXi 6.0 host, the very first thing you would want to configure IP address and Hostname in ESXi server. If you have missed previous posts of this series, you can find them here.

  1. Introduction to vSphere 6.0
  2. Introduction to Virtual Infrastructure
  3. vSphere Lab Setup
  4. vSphere Client 6.0
  5. Install and Configure ESXi 6.0 

By default, the host-name is called localhost, the IP address is set to DHCP client. So, in this post I will show steps to configure IP address and hostname in ESXi server.

Step 1: Press F2 to start configuration of your ESXi host and login screen will appear. Provide your credentials and press “Enter”.

root user and password

Step 2: From System Configuration menu select “Configuration management Network” and press “Enter”.

configure management network in esxi 6.0

Step 3: Select IPv4 Configuration and press “Enter”.

IPv4 configuration in esxi 6.0

Step 4: Select “Set static IPv4” option and supply the value for IPv4 address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway and press “Enter”.

static IPv4 address in esxi 6.0

Step 5: Select “disable IPv6” and press “Enter”.

disable IPv6 in esxi 6.0

Step 6: Select DNS Configuration option and press “Enter”. Select “Use the following DNS Server” option and supply the value of Primary DNS Server and hostname etc. and press “Enter”.

DNS configuration in esxi 6.0

Step 7: Enter your DNS suffix and press “Enter”.

DNS suffix 6.0

Step 8: Press “Esc” to exit network configuration wizard. It will ask you to restart management network. Press <Y> to do so.

restart management network

Step 9: Now test your management network configuration. Select “Test Management Network” from system configuration menu and press “Enter”.

test management network

Step 10: Enter your IP address in “Ping Address #0:” and hostname in “Resolve Hostname”, and press “Enter”. It will test your environment by pinging and resolving a hostname.

ping default dns server

Step 11: Press Y for applying changes and reboot the host.

apply changes and reboot

Step 12: Host will be restarted to complete.

Now, your ESXi is ready for fun, and repeat above mentioned steps for configuring more ESXi hosts for your virtual environment if require. To know more about Virtualization, ESXi, and VMs you can follow VMware vSphere 6 Part 1 – Virtualization, ESXi and VMs course.

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