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How to set up my ESXi host in DNS

Dwight Baer
Dwight Baer asked
Last Modified: 2016-01-14
My ESXi 6.0 host can be seen by IP address but not by hostname.

i.e. "ping" 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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