You will be prompted for system information if you are performing an interactive installation, or this information must be supplied in the installation script if you are running a scripted installation.

Data for ESX Installation lists the information that you are prompted for during the installation. For future use, note the values you use during the installation. Notes are useful if you ever need to reinstall ESX and reenter the values that you originally chose.

Data for ESX Installation

Data

Required or Optional

Default

Comments

Keyboard layout

Required

U.S. English

 

vSphere license key

Optional

None

If you do not enter a vSphere license key, ESX is installed in evaluation mode.

Network adapter for the service console

Required

A network adapter that is available and connected

Virtual machine network traffic shares this network adapter until you configure a virtual switch for another network adapter.

VLAN ID

Optional

None

Range: 0 through 4095

IP address

Optional

DHCP

You can allow DHCP to configure the network during installation. After installation, you can change the network settings.

Subnet mask

Optional

Calculated based on the IP address

Gateway

Optional

Based on the configured IP address and subnet mask

Primary DNS

Optional

Based on the configured IP address and subnet mask

Secondary DNS

Optional

None

Host name

Required for static IP settings

None

vSphere Clients can use either the host name or the IP address to access the ESX host.

Install location

Required

None

Must be at least 10GB if you install the components on a single disk.

Datastore

Required in advanced setup

In the basic setup, the installer creates the /vmfs partition for the datastore.

A datastore is a partition that ESX uses to store virtual machines. This datastore is also used for the service console (esxconsole.vmdk). The service console must be installed on a VMFS datastore that is resident on a host's local disk or on a SAN disk that is masked and zoned to that particular host only. The datastore cannot be shared between hosts.

Root password

Required

None

The root password must be between 6 and 64 characters.