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Hello guys,

first of all an explanation of our situation:

We have bought a dedicated server with ESXi already setup and we're in kind of a hurry to get things set up correctly. We're working on the problem and of course are in contact with the support of the provider, but they don't really seem to know what's the problem either.

We have an installed ESXi Server. No configuration at all. We're setting up a "Virtual Machine Port group" so we can create virtual machines at all. We have created a virtual machine running with ubuntu.

Host machine:


Now we bought an ip address that would be and we have to configure our virtual machine (ubuntu) with that address. We've tried many compositions, should be about 30-40 variations at all. Some of them made sense to us, some didn't. One that made most sense to me was the following

Ubuntu virtual machine /etc/network/interfaces :

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
post-up ip route add dev eth0
post-up ip route add default via

But it turned out to not work. We're on this about a week and the support is currently not providing anything helpful at all.

Kind regards

/e: Edited the ip route to be correctly. Was a typo.

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do you have dns set up? or have you tried pinging by IP? – mulaz Mar 5 '13 at 12:06
You have a Virtual Machine Network for VMs and you have a VMKernel Port for Management traffic? It doesn't look like this according to your drawing. – duenni Mar 5 '13 at 12:28
Hi, yes I tried to ping it by IP but without success. I do can ping to the ESXi instance. @duenni here you can see a screenshot of the "drawing" drawing – johannesboyne Mar 5 '13 at 13:03
ups, broken drawing link, here is the right one LINK – johannesboyne Mar 5 '13 at 13:17
Yet you're not acting as a non-technical client here, you're configuring the very core of ESXi here, I'd say it's not setup and 'running out of the box' - they've given you the very least they could and done none of the actual skilled bit. Just a bit concerned on your behalf because this is literally step one and you're struggling, there are many more to come down the line and I'm worried for you - I think you need better support and/or trainin otherwise you're going to be here on serverfault every five minutes and we're not here to train. – Chopper3 Mar 5 '13 at 14:44

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