Thanks for the replies.
Yes, I am looking for a Mac solution however the problem is still present even when trying to connect to the ESXi box from a WinXP box. For some reason, there is a connection error although I can connect fine through the Web in order to download the client
Edit: I think I must be missing a step in my thinking here, please correct me if I'm wrong however the general idea is the following:
Install ESXi host over hardware and configure network info.
Connect to ESXi host through vCenter client to manage and setup fresh virtual machines.
Am I missing a step in the process here for installing/configuring a portion after the bare ESXi config?