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.

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, because the system name is used as a primary network identifier.

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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.