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VMware Conversion and Setup

Due to the distributed OVA being prepared for Oracle Virtual Box environments a conversion is necessary to use the .OVA with vSphere. To do this you will need to download the VMware OVF tool from the VMware Web site and install it.

To do this:

  1. Download the VMware OVF tool and make note of its location.
  2. Follow the installer instructions to install the tool.
  3. Create and name a directory in your hypervisor's data store, which is the directory where virtual machines reside.
  4. Provide the name for the directory.
  5.  Move to that directory.
  6. The converter tool deposits output files in the current directory.
  7. Start the converter tool with the following command:

    path-to-ovftool -tt=VMX ova-file-name VMX-file-name

    For example:

    /usr/bin/ovftool -tt=VMX ts-appliance.ova virtualappliance

    The command might take a few minutes to complete. The following is sample output:

    Opening OVA source:
    Opening VMX target: ts-appliance
    Target: ts-appliance.vmx
    Disk progress: 36%
    Disk Transfer Completed
    Completed successfully

    Example: File Conversion Output
    Two items appear in your current directory as a result of this task: a .vmdk disk image file and a .VMX virtual machine configuration file, as the following example shows:

    -rw------- 1 root root 1.6G 2011-05-17 14:46 central-virtualappliance-disk1.vmdk
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.1K 2011-05-17 14:46 central-virtualappliance.vmx

    Once the conversion is complete you will be able to import the OVA into your vSphere host.

  8. In your VM host, import the OVA file, under VMWare this is done by clicking Deploy OVF Template
  9. Enter the location of the .ova file or click on Browse… and locate the file on your computer. Then click Next.
  10. Review the specifications for the VM to be created, and make any needed changes to your host system to meet these requirements. Then click Next.
  11. Provide a name for the VM, this can be left as-is or may be updated to fall into an existing naming schema. Click Next.
  12. Verify your storage setup and requirements then click Next.
  13. Select the Provisioning required by your deployment. It's likely that the default of Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed will be acceptable for most deployments. Click Next.
  14. Verify the networks mapped in your OVF template and the network to which it will be deployed. Click Next.
  15. Check the box next to Power on after deployment and click Finish.
  16. After the OVF is deployed, close the Deployment Completed Successfully window.


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