vSphere 7 has officially GA'ed this morning and with folks starting to download ESXi and the vCenter Server Appliance, do not forget about all the supporting tools such as the latest PowerCLI 12.0 release which includes a number of enhancement as well as the various vSphere Management and Automation SDKs.
- Download and Install VMware OVF Tool Before We understand how to Export VM to OVA or OVF using OVF Tool, Let’s understand where to download and how to install the VMware OVF Tool. OVF Tool installer is available for Windows, Linux and MAC OSX.
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- OVF Tool User’s Guide 10 VMware, Inc. Using the VMware OVF Tool The VMware OVF Tool is available on many platforms and can be downloaded if not built into a product. VMware Platforms Using the OVF Standard VMware supports the OVF standard on the following platforms.
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OVF Tool 4.4 coincides with the release of vSphere 7.0 and supports other products as well, such as vCloud Director. VMware OVF Tool is a command-line utility that allows you to import and export OVF packages to and from virtual machines running on VMware virtualization platforms. OVF Tool gets called internally by many VMware products. Offer your customers an option to deploy an OVF-formatted virtual machine using any platform. Download VMware OVF Tool 4.1.0 from our website for free. The program's installer is commonly called converter.exe, ovftool.exe, Setup Capture.exe, vmnetcfg.exe or vmplayer.exe etc. The most popular versions of the tool 4.1, 3.5 and 3.0.
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One of my most frequently used tools on a daily basis, some times even more than PowerCLI is OVFTool which is now at version 4.4 which officially supports vSphere 7 but it also includes a number of really awesome enhancements and bug fixes.
While looking over the OVFTool release notes, I noticed a few interesting tidbits that I thought was worth calling out:
OVF Tool now can upload disk files to the host in parallel, and download disk files from the host in parallel. OVA is unsupported. Parallelism is limited by the number of CPUs. See the --parallelThreads=N option in the OVF Tool User's Guide for details.
This is a most welcome feature for customers with extremely large VMs where upload and/or downloads of OVAs can take a considerable amount of time as only a single CPU thread is used. With this feature, you can now enable multiple CPU threads with the --parallelThreads parameter which should really with performance! Even for smaller size VMs, you can still benefit if you have additional CPU resources to allocate and something I will be using going forward!
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For multi-disk virtual machines, OVF Tool now includes the --multiDatastore flag to specify datastore per disk. See the OVF Tool User's Guide for details.
This is another welcome feature for customers where you might have an OVA that contains multiple VMDKs and want to explicitly place them on specific datastore.
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Finally, I thought this was very interesting to see that OVFTool has been ported over to ARM64 for Linux which means we can run now run OVFTool on a Raspberry Pi or even an Amazon A1 EC2 Instance! This might come handy in the future and I wonder if OVFTool for ESXi would be the next logical step? 🙂
I highly recommend you check out the rest of the release notes as it contains many more enhancements and fixes, many of which I have reported from the community and/or by our customers. I think this is certainly one of the tools you can upgrade immediately as it has great backwards compatibility with older vSphere releases but you can also take advantage of all the new features mentioned above immediately. If there are other OVFTool improvements or enhancements you really would like to see, feel free to leave a comment along with the use case and I will past that on to Engineering.
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There are many organizations running multiple environments such as Test, Development, Stage, and production. Usually all the developments and deployments start with the Test or Development environment. Once the deployment or POC is completed in the lower environment, they want to move the deployment on a higher environment such as Stage or Production.
When the deployment is moving towards the higher environment, the product team wants the same thing configured with the test & dev environment to the higher environment. It will waste a lot of effort if you are re-doing the things from scratch in the upper environments such as stage or production. Most of the dev team requesting us to clone or copy the dev VM’s to stage or production environment.
What would the vSphere administrators do?
Environments have direct connectivity, we can clone the virtual machines directly between vCenter Server using Cross-vCenter VMotion.
Cross-vCenter vMotion feature requires enterprise plus license. You can use the tools like Cross vCenter Workload Migration Utility to clone or migrate the VM’s across the vCenter Servers between the environments.
Take a look at my article on how to vMotion VM’s between vCenter Servers using Cross vCenter Workload migration utility.
What if you don’t have the enterprise plus license and direct connectivity between the environment?
The easiest option is to export the virtual machine to OVF using the “Export OVF Template” option in the vCenter Server and import the OVF into virtual machines in the new environment.
Specify the Name for the OVF template and click Ok.
I noticed the timeout errors when export the VM as OVF from vCenter Server especially for larger VM’s. To avoid the timeout issue, I used to export VM to OVA or OVF using OVF Tool. In this article, I will explain with the detailed procedure to export VM to OVA or OVF using OVF Tool.
We have also discussed converting OVA to the OVF file using OVF Tool in one of the earlier blog posts. Check out: How to convert OVA to OVF using OVF Tool
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How to Export VM to OVA or OVF using OVF Tool?
My goal today is to help you learn about:
- How to Download and Install VMware OVF Tool?
- How to Discover the VM Path using the OVF Tool?
- How to Display the VM OVF details OVF Tool?
- How to Export VM to OVA using OVF Tool?
- How to Export VM to OVF using OVF Tool?
Download and Install VMware OVF Tool
Before We understand how to Export VM to OVA or OVF using OVF Tool, Let’s understand where to download and how to install the VMware OVF Tool. OVF Tool installer is available for Windows, Linux and MAC OSX.
You can download the VMware OVF tool from VMware Website.
For this demo, I have downloaded and installed the VMware OVF tool for my windows based machine. Installation is quite simple as similar to all other windows installers. I am not going to explain each step of the OVF tool installation.
Once you finish the installation of the VMware OVF Tool, Browse towards the directory where you installed the OVF tool using the CD command. By default, below is the installation directory
Discover the VM Path using the OVF Tool
To export VM to OVA file using the VMware OVF tool, we have to call ovftool.exe along with the vCenter URL and credentials, and you will also need the path to your VM. To know the VM path, we can use the OVF Tool to discover the VM path.
If you don’t know the VM path, you can discover it. For example, enter the vCenter URL and credentials.
If the full path is not as VM, so the tool will return an error message for the “wrong kind of object”, for example, a folder or a datacenter.
It will suggest possible completions, which are the objects under the path you have entered. Keep adding completions until you get to the “VM” folder and select a VM.
To list the virtual machines running on the vCenter Server, you can run the below command
Display the VM OVF details
With the OVF tool, the default vi command displays a friendly version of the VM OVF details. You can run the below command to get the VM OVF Detail
Export VM to OVA using OVF Tool
To export VM to OVA file, enter ” ovftool.exe vi://” with the VM path and with a local file with a “.ova” suffix at the end.
It will show the progress of the export process.
Export VM to OVA is completed successfully. It will show the status as “Transfer Completed” and “Completed Successfully”.
After exporting the VM to OVA, you can see the “.OVA” file is saved in the directory which we have specified during the conversion.
Export VM to OVF using OVF Tool
Export VM to the OVF process is similar to exporting VM to OVA. enter ” ovftool.exe vi://” with the VM path and with a destination directory. By default, OVF Tool exports VM to.OVF file. So, we don’t need to specify the.OVF file extension here.
Exporting VM as OVF is completed successfully. Let’s take a look at the export directory and check the files.
An OVF package structure consists of a number of files: a descriptor file, optional manifest and certificate files, optional disk images, and optional resource files (such as ISO’s). The optional disk image files can be VMware vmdk’s, or any other supported disk image file.
We have successfully completed the export VM to OVA or OVF using OVF Tool. Now we can use that “.OVA” or “.OVF” file to deploy the virtual machines into your vCenter server inventory using vSphere client.
Detailed Video on How to Export VM to OVA or OVF is here:
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