Configuring VMware ESXi on the node

After you install VMware ESXi version 6.0.0 on the compute node, you must configure the node to use VMware ESXi.

Before you begin

  • You have installed VMware ESXi on the compute node and have restarted the node.
  • You have a remote console or keyboard, video, mouse (KVM).
  • You have the contact information for NetApp Support.
    Note: You must contact NetApp Support during this task, when stated.
  • You have the support case number that NetApp Support provided when you ordered the replacement node.


  1. In the NetApp HCI Bootstrap OS terminal user interface (TUI) login window, enter the following information:
    • User name: element
    • Password: catchTheFire!
  2. Press the Down Arrow key to select OK.
  3. Press Enter to log in.
  4. In the main menu, use the Down Arrow key to click Support Tunnel > Open Support Tunnel.
  5. In the window that is displayed, enter the port information.
    Note: You must contact NetApp Support for this information. NetApp Support logs in to the node to set the boot configuration file and complete the configuration task.
  6. Restart the node.