Use the direct console interface for initial ESXi configuration and troubleshooting.

Connect a keyboard and monitor to the host to use the direct console. After the host completes the autoconfiguration phase, the direct console appears on the monitor. You can examine the default network configuration and change any settings that are not compatible with your network environment.

Key operations available to you in the direct console include:

  • Configuring hosts

  • Setting up administrative access

  • Troubleshooting

You can also use vSphere Web Client to manage the host by using vCenter Server.

Table 1. Navigating in the Direct Console

Action

Key

View and change the configuration

F2

Change the user interface to high-contrast mode

F4

Shut down or restart the host

F12

View the VMkernel log

Alt+F12

Switch to the shell console

Alt+F1

Switch to the direct console user interface

Alt+F2

Move the selection between fields

Arrow keys

Select a menu item

Enter

Toggle a value

Spacebar

Confirm sensitive commands, such as resetting configuration defaults

F11

Save and exit

Enter

Exit without saving

Esc

Exit system logs

q