In an interactive installation, the system prompts you for the required system information. In a scripted installation, you must supply this information in the installation script.

For future use, note the values you use during the installation. These notes are useful if you must reinstall ESXi and reenter the values that you originally chose.

Table 1. Required Information for ESXi Installation

Information

Required or Optional

Default

Comments

Keyboard layout

Required

U.S. English

 

VLAN ID

Optional

None

Range: 0 through 4094

IP address

Optional

DHCP

You can allow DHCP to configure the network during installation. After installation, you can change the network settings.

Subnet mask

Optional

Calculated based on the IP address

Gateway

Optional

Based on the configured IP address and subnet mask

Primary DNS

Optional

Based on the configured IP address and subnet mask

Secondary DNS

Optional

None

Host name

Required for static IP settings

None

The vSphere Web Client can use either the host name or the IP address to access the ESXi host.

Install location

Required

None

Must be at least 5 GB if you install the components on a single disk.

Root password

Required

None

The root password must contain between 8 and 40 characters. For information about passwords see the vSphere Security documentation.