Network - ESXi 4.1 and 5.0

The Network tab lets you provide networking information for a server, such as its IP and DNS configuration.


The name of the server after provisioning is always Local Host if the IP address is obtained from a DHCP server; if you provide a static address, the server name is obtained from the Computer name field on the Basic Configuration panel.

Field definitions

Obtain an IP address automatically

Specifies that the network connection should obtain an IP address automatically from a DHCP server.

Use the following IP address

Specifies that the network connection should use a static IP address that you specify. If you choose this option, provide the following information:

  • IP address
  • Subnet mask
  • Default gateway

IP address

The static IP address that the network connection should use.

Subnet mask

The subnet mask number, which is used to identify which segment of the network the server is on.

Default gateway

The address of the IP router that is used to forward traffic to destinations outside of the local network.

Obtain IPv6 from DHCPSelect this check box if you want to obtain an IPv6 address from DHCP.

Obtain DNS server automatically

Specifies that the DHCP server should provide the addresses for DNS servers.

Use the following DNS server address

Specifies that you want to manually configure a DNS server. Select this option and enter an IP address for the DNS Server.

DNS server

The IP address of the DNS Server.

Proceed to the Kickstart entries - ESXi 4.1 and 5.0 tab.

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