A single service console network interface is set up during the ESX installation process. You can also add additional service console interfaces after ESX is up and running.

1

Log in to the vSphere Client and select the host from the inventory panel.

2

Click the Configuration tab, and click Networking.

3

In the Virtual Switch view, click Add Networking.

4

Select Service Console, and click Next.

5

Select the vSwitch to use for network access, or select Create a new vSwitch, and click Next.

If no adapters appear in the Create a new virtual switch group, all network adapters in the system are being used by existing vSwitches.

6

Enter the network label and VLAN ID, and click Next.

7

Enter the IP address and subnet mask, or select Obtain IP setting automatically.

8

Click Edit to set the service console default gateway and click Next.

9

On an IPV6-enabled host, select No IPv6 settings to use only IPv4 settings for the service console, or select Use the following IPv6 settings to configure IPv6 for the service console.

This screen does not appear if IPv6 is disabled on the host.

10

If you choose to use IPv6, select how to obtain IPv6 addresses.

11

If you chose Static IPv6 addresses, do the following:

a

Click Add to add a new IPv6 address.

b

Enter the IPv6 address and subnet prefix length, and click OK.

c

To change the service console default gateway, click Edit.

12

Click Next.

13

Review the information, click Back to change any entries, and click Finish.