APIPA and No connectivity on Windows VM running on ESXi

If you come across any issues with APIPA assignments on Windows VMs, you can simply resolve the Network connectivity issues with below steps. Since this ARP related issue is a known issue, this should work on most Windows systems.

  • Access Registry editor and locate the below path

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters

  • Click Edit > New, and click DWORD Value
  • Type ArpRetryCount
  • Modify the value and enter 0
  • Exit the Registry Editor
  • Shut down the Windows VM
  • Power on the VM and verify connectivity. 

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