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Configure VMware ESXi server network settings in DCUI

In the earlier part of I wrote an article about VMware ESXi 8.0 step by step Installation guide with Screenshots. In this article I will configure the networking for ESXi server and assign IP address, DNS and other configuration.

After first part ESXi server is rebooted, I am on the DCUI screen, Hit F2 button to customize system. Authentication is required here, Enter an authorized login name root and password for the ESXi host.

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Once login is successful, Go to Configure Management Network to modify settings.. You can see in the right side, hostname and IPv4 addresses like network identities acquired from DHCP server, I will configure new IP as static IP.

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In the IPv4 Configuration, Set static IPv4 address and network configuration. Assign IPv4 Address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway. Hit enter to configure settings.

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I don't require IPv6 Configuration, So I Disabled IPv6, Restart is required for the task.

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Set Primary and Alternate DNS server and HostName in DNS Configuration

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Lastly configure Custom DNS Suffixes. DNS queries will attempt to locate hosts by appending the suffixes specified here to short, unqualified names. Use spaces or commas to separate multiple entries.

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In case you have multiple vmnics (Ethernet/Network adapter cards) you can select them under network adapters and provide VLAN id. Once you have made changes to the host's management network. Applying these changes may result in a brief network outage, disconnect remote management software and affect running virtual machines. In case IPv6 enabled or disabled this will restart the ESXi host. Press Y to proceed.

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Once system is restarted, ESXi server is ready and it is showing host management information.

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Use the host management information urls on the browser. In the VMware ESXi Host client provide authentication information root username and password. Press Login button.

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Once login is successful, it asks for Vmware's Customer Experience Improvement program (CEIP), you can join the program and click OK.

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Finally ESXi server is ready to deploy Virtual Machines and ready for other ESXi OS configuration tasks such as storage, networking etc.

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