Getting past the config screen in Vmware Esxi 4.0?!!

Hi Peeps

I've just installed Vmware Esxi 4.0 on our HP server and configured it with a static IP. However, this is my first time doing this, so how do I get past the configuration screen? All I'm seeing is 'Download Tools to Manage this Host from:' etc. I thought that I can install server 2008 onto this after, but I'm stuck onto getting past this screen. Any ideas/tips?

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nutwooConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Download the 'VMware Infrastructure Client' to connect to the server
vmwarun - ArunCommented:
Windows Server 2008 can be installed as a Guest OS provided you create a Virtual Machine using the vSphere Client which can be downloaded by typing in a browser.

Install the same on a Windows physical machine and it should have network connectivity to the ESXi host.

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Justin CConnect With a Mentor AWS Solutions ArchitectCommented:
You need to download the vCenter client, as pictured above.  When you browse to the IP address of the ESXi server, it will provide you with a link to download the client.  Once you have that installed, point it to the IP address of the ESXi host and provide the root account and password.  That will allow you to log in and create a VM, then you will be able to install Windows inside that VM.
YashyAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot peeps. I downloaded the vmware vsphere client and installed it. However, it won't connect to the host when I give it the static IP address. I haven't changed the username from 'root'. Therefore in the vsphere client, is the username going to be 'root' also? I'm assuming so.
Justin CAWS Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Yes, the username will be root.  Did you reset the password after installing ESXi?

YashyAuthor Commented:
Yes, I have. However, the testing management network is failing for some strange reason? It is failing when pinging the gateway, the DNS servers...!

I can ping that IP address from my pc though. Any ideas?
Justin CAWS Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Make sure you have the correct vmnic(s) selected for the Management Network.  Can you ping that IP address from another computer on the same network?
Troubleshot the basics.  1) Do you have more than one physical network connection?  If yes, ensure that you have the correct one connected and configured. 2) Redo the management network configuration at the console.  Ensure that the IP, Mask, Gateway are all correct and that you logically connect the correct nic.  

Test the network again.  (The client will never connect if you cannot get this resolved.)

Vijay kumar MohanrajCloud ArchitechCommented:

I think this seems to be a firewall issue, Please check with your firewall team.
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