ESXi requires one IP address for the management network. To configure basic network settings, use the vSphere Web Client or the direct console.

Use the vSphere Web Client if you are satisfied with the IP address assigned by the DHCP server.

Use the direct console for network configuration in the following cases:

  • You are not satisfied with the IP address assigned by the DHCP server.

  • You are not allowed to use the IP address assigned by the DHCP server.

  • ESXi does not have an IP address. This situation could happen if the autoconfiguration phase did not succeed in configuring DHCP.

  • The wrong network adapter was selected during the autoconfiguration phase.