The recommended setup is to use static IP addresses for the service console of an ESX host. You can set up the service console to use DHCP, if your DNS server is capable of mapping the service console’s host name to the dynamically generated IP address.

If your DNS server cannot map the host’s name to its DHCP-generated IP address, you must determine the service console's numeric IP address. Another caution against using DHCP is that the numeric IP address might change as DHCP leases run out or when the system is rebooted.

VMware does not recommend using DHCP for the service console unless your DNS server can handle the host name translation.

Caution

Do not use dynamic (DHCP) addressing when sharing the network adapter assigned to the service console with virtual machines. ESX requires a static IP address for the service console when sharing a network adapter.