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vmware esx4.0 ip address needs to be updated

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hi experts,

 I have this server that has esx 4.0 installed and it is hosting some virtual servers. I need to change the ip address on the exs server but it's at the root and I dont know how to do it from there. Is there a way to bring it up in gui interface? any help much appreciated thanks.
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open the esxi host with web browser (http://ip_here/
Install the ESXi client just downloaded
Connect to ESXi host using root account

Other way is to press F2 on the console, log in as root and type in new network settings.
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NOTE:Changing the IP for the Service Console must be done from the physical console or through a remote console session. If you make changes through a network connection such as SSH, network connectivity to the Service Console disconnects because the Service Console's network interface changes.

At the console where are authenticate with root privileges.

The view the IP Address Type:
esxcfg-vswif -l

Open in new window

Press ENTER

Change the IP Address Type:
esxcfg-vswif -i <new ip address> -n <subnetmask> vswif0

Open in new window

Press ENTER

(example):
esxcfg-vswif -i 192.168.1.200 -n 255.255.255.0 vswif0

Open in new window


vswif0 is a service console adapter which you are applying the IP Address change, this value may be different in your environment.

Check to see if changes took effect Type:

esxcfg-vswif -l

Open in new window

Press Enter

For more assistance you can refer to this link Changing the IP address, default gateway, and hostname of the Service Console in ESX
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It is fairly obvious that if you change IP address all current connections are disconnected.
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by:frankbustos
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the F2 didn't work and I can't connect to it because I'm on a different ip address. I would have to put it in a small network switch which I can but rather not.

comfortjeanous: I followed your instructions but it throws out a list of options for example:

-E enable - all
D- disable - all
and a bunch of others and at the bottom is says:

WARNING!! loss of network connectivity may result if invalid parameters are passed to add, delete, portgroup or ip operations and puts me back at the prompt

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by:frankbustos
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I was typing I AND NOT L sorry that was my typo trying it now
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F2 has to be used from ESXi console (Computer monitor and keyboard)
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Changing the IP for the Service Console must be done from the physical console or through a remote console session.

@gheist
It is fairly obvious that if you change IP address all current connections are disconnected.

If you took technical writer it follows a methodological order, sometime it is meant to press ENTER after a command, but most do not realize it.  

I'm not lazy I'm just on my energy saving mode
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Where is ANY key, yes.

Worth mentioneing that IP of management processor must be different than one on ESXi...
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ok, I changed the ip address and I can ping it from my workstation. I started the client and tried to connect to it but unable to. Also did the F2 from console and it just comes back with a B at the prompt.
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Are you suer IP address chosen was unique?
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gheist, good catch! that was a type on my end. ok I'm making progress now.
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thanks guys
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Good luck!
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