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This newly installed VMware ESXi 5.5 server cannot be connected to network unless I provide MAC address of mgmt NIC. I cannot find MAC address at the console. Should have been so easy... is there anyway to access command prompt?

Thanks for any help.

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You can enable console under troubleshooting options, from which once set, you simply go back to the main screen and logon locally from the VM Host. Once on console, run the command: vim-cmd hostsvc/net/info | grep "mac ="

Post below from VMWare should provide sufficient instructions.

https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vcli.getstart.doc%2Fcli_jumpstart.3.5.html

EDIT: This link is pretty sweet as to follow too with some example of how to get to console. Just jump down to the bit you need :)

http://blogs.vmware.com/smb/2013/12/back-to-basics-managing-vmware-esxi-5-5-direct-user-interface-dcui.html
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by:Sagar Dhawan
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Hi,

you can check and configure the mac for mgmt network in the esxi host network configuration.

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1031111
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by:Sagar Dhawan
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Typical administration tasks on console include:

    Reset ‘root’ password
    Configure Lockdown mode
    Configure, Restart, Test and Restore the VMware ESX Management Network
    Restart Management Agents
    Configure Keyboard
    Troubleshoot
    View System Logs
    Reset System Configuration (Factory Reset)
    Shutdown/Restart the VMware ESX Host
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 450 total points
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if you need a command prompt or console, hit ALT_F1 and you'll get a login prompt!

If you login to the Console, by pressing F2, use you username and password. (root)

ESXi 5.5 console
Then select Configure Management Network,

Configure Management Network
 you will see the default Connected network Interfaces with their MAC Addresses. (vmnic1 in the example here)

Network Adaptors
You can also select Network Adaptors, and inspect all the MAC Addresses for the nics, and check which are connected and in use.

Network adaptors
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by:Akulsh
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Thanks, Andrew. When it comes to VMware, you are the man!

MacClean, your link will come handy some day. Thanks.
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@Akuish Thanks for your kind comments.
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