Basic configuration - ESXi 4.1 and 5.0

The Basic Config tab lets you provide local information about a server, such as its name and the password needed to access the machine.

Field definitions

Computer name

A unique name to assign to the server. The ESXi 4.1 and 5.0 OS applies the computer name only when you assign a static IP address to the server. The name of the server after provisioning is always Local Host if the IP address is obtained from a DHCP server. (The IP address field is on the Network panel.)

OM Server Name

(Optional) Specifies a different name for this server to display in the BMC Server Automation Console.
If you want this server to display its Computer Name in the BMC Server Automation Console, leave the OM Server Name field blank.
If you use a different OM Server Name for this machine, make sure that the new name can be resolved to the IP address of the server.

Root password

The password used to access the root account. Enter a password. Then confirm your typing by entering the password again in the Confirm password field. The password must consist of at least 6 characters and cannot exceed 64 characters.

Kickstart network device

Provide the MAC address of a Kickstart network device or the network interface name connected to the device. For MAC address, the colon-separated format is required. You can use any of the following:

  • Type vmnic0.
  • Type the MAC address, using a colon-separated format (for example: 00:22:19:50:5E:AB).
  • Click Select Property to display a drop-down menu of available properties. Select the MAC_ADDRESS_CD property for the colon-separated MAC address.

Boot Kernel Parameters

If you do not supply a value for the mem parameter, the default value for mem is 512M (megabytes.)
Type any additional boot time kernel parameters that you would like to use for the server. For a full list of available boot kernel parameters, see the ESXi 4.1 or 5.0 installation documentation.

Proceed to the Computer settings - ESXi 4.1 and 5.0 tab.

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