Configuring VMware ESXi 5


In this tutorial I will guide you through configuring VMware ESXi 5. We will go through configuring a static ip address, configuring primary and secondary DNS, hostname, DNS suffix and show whats new in the System Logs menu.

VMware ESXi 5 Configuration

1. After VMware ESXi 5 has booted, press F2.

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2. Enter in your root password and press enter.

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3. Here is the customization menu. You can configure a new root password at the first menu if you like. Lets select Configure Management Network.

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4. Lets select Network Adapter and we can see which adapter is connected.

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5. As you can see I only have one network adapter connected. But in a scenario where you have multiple nic’s installed, you will be able to see which ones are connected or disconnected. You will also have the option to select the nic you wish to configure for the management network. When you are finished press esc.

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6. Select Set Status IP Address. Here I will give my ESXi 5 host an ip address of with default gateway Press enter when you’re done

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7. Now select DNS configuration in the menu and enter in your primary and secondary dns servers followed by a hostname for the ESXi 5 host.

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8. enter in a custom dns suffix. Here I will enter in vmlab.local as this is the dns suffix of my Active Directory Domain. Press enter when you’re done.

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9. To commit the changes we need to restart the management network, press Y.

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10. If we select view View System Logs you will see a few more options compared to VMware ESXi 4. The new options are Syslog, VMkernel, Virtual Center Agent and VMware ESXi Observation log. Feel free to have a look through these.

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11. You can see some information about the ESXi 5 host when you select View Support Information. Press Page Down/Up to scroll through the pages. You also have the option to reset the system configuration back to factory default.

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12. Now that we have our VMware ESXi 5 host installed and configured, lets download the vsphere 5 client. Browse to or the ip address that you set for your ESXi 5 host. Accept the certificate and download the vSphere 5 client. Run through the installation which is quite basic and when you’re finished load the client. Enter in the ip address or hostname (make sure you can resolve the hostname of the ESXi host) of your host, username root and the password you setup earlier. Press Login

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13. Select Install this certificate and do not display any security warnings, then click ignored.

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14. The vSphere client will connect to your ESXi 5 host. Click the summary tab to display information about your ESXi 5 host.

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If you have any technical questions about this tutorial or any other tutorials on this site, please open a new thread in the forums and the community will be able to help you out.

All the tutorials included on this site are performed in a lab environment to simulate a real world production scenario. As everything is done to provide the most accurate steps to date, we take no responsibility if you implement any of these steps in a production environment.

  • Anonymous

    very good

  • Sergey

    Did you try Testing Management Network with you hostname and suffix

    • Yes but you have to have DNS resolution working correctly in your network. I’m using Active Directory DNS in my lab.

  • Mohd Osman

    hi i have done the installation as per ur slides but i cloud not download the client file from the path i mean after giving the ip address can u help me to overcome this problem . i have downloaded vsphere clinet from the site but still im facing a problems in connection

    • Hi Mohd, for technical questions can you please open up a thread in my forums (vmware) and that way you can post screenshots and other people will be able to help you out as well, thanks

    • Check to see if your firewall is off on your computer as i faced the same issue. Once i turned off my firewall both internet security and windows it worked.

  • hammad


    Thank you for the article. I have my 2 esxi host up and running. and have a few vms too. I want to setup vLAN (I think) so that all the server vm can use IP while client vm use IP on both hosts.

    I have two physical NIC on both, I kept one for management only while the other for vswitch.

    Do you have any articles, or can you point me in the right direction to achieve this?

    Kind regards


    • Hi Hammad, are you able to post a thread in my forums please, that way you can post a network diagram and screen shots ?

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  • Arista Pribadi

    Thanks for your article