ESXi DHCP vs. Ubiquiti’s Implementation

By default ESXi is expecting to get its hostname from DHCP, and with Ubiquiti, the DCHP server is expecting the client to provide a hostname.  So to fix it, you need to get on the ESXi host and use the commands esxcli system hostname set --host=hostname and esxcli system hostname set --fqdn=fqdn to set the hostname, and then edit /etc/dhclient-vmk0.conf and add the line:

send host-name = concat(gethostname(), "dynamic-value"); 

to have ESXi send its hostname.  You can hardcode the hostname here instead of the gethostbyname, but this way it lets you have a generic modification that should follow even if you rename the host.

Possible dhclient options:

send host-name "static-value";

send host-name = concat(gethostname(), "dynamic-value");

Run these commands to change the hostname in ESXi 5.x, ESXi 6.x,ESXi 7.x, using the command line:

esxcli system hostname set --host=hostname
esxcli system hostname set --fqdn=fqdn 

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