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How to set up my ESXi host in DNS

My ESXi 6.0 host can be seen by IP address but not by hostname.

i.e. "ping 192.168.1.12" works, but "ping ESXi6" fails.

Is the solution to add a New Host record in DNS?  Assuming yes, I did that.

Now, "ping ESXi6" still doesn't work, but "ping ESXi6.Mittens.local" succeeds.

But how does that work?  The host boots first, and then the DC boots as a VM on top of that host.  How can the host be part of a domain that doesn't exist until after its VM boots?  

In particular, in my vSphere Client:  host --> Configuration --> Software --> DNS and Routing --> Properties, should I enter the domain name there?

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Make sure you have DNS working correctly!

There are many servers required for Horizon 6.0.
Finding a device on a domain by using just the host name is done by netbios, hosts file, or a WINS server.  the WINS server would be best if you have one.
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Thanks centierbank.  No, I haven't used a WINS server in a long time.  I'll keep the hosts file in mind, in case I need it.
other than ESXi is not Windows so will not use WINS!

You don't need a WINS server or service!
Much thanks.  Next, I'll try to set up Horizon 6 and virtual desktops, which is the whole purpose of this exercise.