After the ESXi installation is complete and the server restarts, configure the ESXi management network:
- In the iDRAC Virtual Console, press F2 to log in to the Direct Console User Interface (DCUI).
- At Authentication Required, type the credentials that you created during setup and press Enter.
- At System Customization, select Configure Management Network.
- Under Configure Management Network, select Network Adapters.
- Ensure that vmnic0 and any other NIC ports that are already connected show a status of Connected, as shown in the following figure, and then press Esc to exit the menu.
Figure 8. Status of network adapters
Note: If a port is not connected, check the cabling and status of the port on the switch and correct any issues. Press Esc to return to the previous screen.
- Select VLAN (optional) from the menu, and press Enter.
- On the VLAN (optional) screen, type the VLAN ID for the management network and press Enter.
- Select IPv4 Configuration and press Enter.
- On the IPv4 Configuration screen, select Set static IPv4 address and network configuration, and then press the spacebar.
- Type the information for IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway, and press Enter to confirm.
Obtain the information from the Management Host Information section of the site survey.
- Select DNS Configuration and press Enter.
- On the DNS Configuration screen, type the IP address of the DNS servers and the FQDN of the host.
Obtain the information from the Customer Network Services section of the site survey.
- If the environment has multiple domains, or if it uses subdomains and short names, add the suffixes under Custom DNS Suffixes.
- At Configure Management Network: Confirm, press Esc to return to the main menu and press Y to confirm changes and restart the management network.
- Select Test Management Network.
The Test Management Network screen displays the items that will be tested.
- Press Enter to continue.
When iDRAC completes the test, it displays results such as the following.
Figure 9. Management network test results