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


  • 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. 

How to run a DHCP server on your Windows desktop

There are instances, where we need to run a DHCP server on our workstation. Specially when we happen to work in either isolated networks and internet restricted networks. In order to achieve this there is a cool utility and this is portable, so no need to install the application on the workstation.

You can get the utility from here

Then, you can simply run the configuration wizard – so that you can assign the IP addresses and utilize the relevant NIC (if the system is having multiple NICs). Once you are done with the configuration wizard, simply you can run the DHCP server. If you need the step by step guide, you may follow the vendor documentation

NOTE: always use the Run as administrator, when working with the executable