mtbvang
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Cant access vcenter server appliance on esxi guest VM from host

Hi,

My esxi 6.0 is running inside a vagrant vmware virtual machine and I can't ping the ip of the vcenter server applicance virtual machine from the host machine or access the web client from the host machine. I assume I am supposed to be able the appliance mui on https://172.16.139.135:5480/ after I get pass the network connection issue.

The VCSA was already installed on the vagrant esxi VM with a static ip of 172.16.139.135 so I setup vagrant to create the a private network with the interface:

vagrant created private network with the interface:

vmnet3    Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:50:56:c0:00:03 

          inet addr:172.16.139.1  Bcast:172.16.139.255  Mask:255.255.255.0

          inet6 addr: fe80::250:56ff:fec0:3/64 Scope:Link

          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1

          RX packets:322076 errors:0 dropped:12 overruns:0 frame:0

          TX packets:172374 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000

The IP address of vcenter server 6 VM is static

     172.16.139.135

Gate set to

     172.16.139.1

The VM Network details:

VLAN ID: 0

Virtual Machines (1)

vCenter Server 6

MAC Address 00:0c:29:3e:1c:c6

The Management Network details

VLAN ID: 0

VMkernel ports (1)

vmk0: 172.16.139.2

I can ping 172.16.139.2 from my host and ping the vcsa ip 172.16.139.135 from the esxi guest ( 172.16.139.2), but I can't ping the vsca VM from the host. I done the following checks and am out of ideas:

- Check promiscuous mode vmware workstation that is running the esxi vm. All /dev/vmnet* interfaces have g+x added and group owner set to my user. Though I'm not sure besides that.

- Have Allow promiscuous mode set to Yes for the VM Network port group that VCSA is running on.

- Using tcpdump I can see that no traffic except ARP requests are getting from the host to the esxi guess. Using esxcli network firewall I've set it to:

Default Action: PASS

   Enabled: false

   Loaded: false

Being a noob I'm stumped after a day and am out of ideas. Any pointers would be appreciated.

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parmarr
VMware Employee
VMware Employee

Please review KB Troubleshooting virtual machine network connection issues (1003893) that may shed more light on this issue. https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1003893

Sincerely, Rahul Parmar VMware Support Moderator
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