The vCenter Server Appliance can obtain networking settings from a DHCP server, or use static IP addresses. You can change the networking settings of the vCenter Server Appliance from the Direct Console User Interface. You can change the IPv4, IPv6, and DNS configuration.

Before you begin

To change the IP address of the appliance, verify that the system name of the appliance is an FQDN. If, during the deployment of the appliance, you set an IP address as a system name, you cannot change the IP address after the deployment. The system name is always used as a primary network identifier.

Procedure

  1. Log in to the Direct Console User Interface of the vCenter Server Appliance.
  2. Select Configure Management Network and press Enter.
  3. Change the IPv4 settings from IP Configuration.

    Option

    Description

    Use dynamic IP address and network configuration

    Obtains networking settings from a DHCP server if one is available on your network

    Set static IP address and network configuration

    Sets static networking configuration

  4. Change the IPv6 settings from IPv6 Configuration.

    Option

    Description

    Enable IPv6

    Enables or disables IPv6 on the appliance

    Use DHCP stateful configuration

    Uses a DHCP server to obtain IPv6 addresses and networking settings

    Use ICMP stateless configuration

    Uses a Stateless Address Autoconfiguration (SLAAC) to obtain IPv6 addresses and network settings

  5. Change the DNS settings from DNS Configuration.

    Option

    Description

    Obtain DNS server address and hostname automatically

    Obtains the DNS server address and host name automatically.

    Use this option if the IP settings of the appliance are obtained automatically from a DHCP server.

    Use the following DNS server address and hostname

    Sets the static IP address and host name for the DNS server.

  6. Set custom DNS suffixes from Custom DNS Suffixes.

    If you do not specify any suffixes, a default suffix list is derived from the local domain name.

  7. Press Esc until you return to the main menu of the Direct Console User Interface.