How to – Deploy an ova step-by-step via vSphere Client

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By | 27 April 2017

In this article, I’ll explain step-by-step how to deploy an OVA via vSphere Client.

To begins, what is an OVA ?

An OVA (Open Virtual Appliance) is a compressed file that contains a pre-parameterized virtual machine.
If you replace the .ova extension with .rar for example, and you make an extract from the archive and you will see the files that make up the VM.

What is the difference between OVA and OVF ?

An OVF (Open Vrtualization Format)  is a zip container that contains multiple virtual machines for example. It contains a multiple files.

An OVA is merely a single file distribution of the same file package, stored in the TAR format.

How to deploy an OVA ?

  • Select “File” and click on “Deploy OVF Template” (in my example i used an ova from sexilog)

Deploy an OVA 1

  • Browse your files and select your .ova

Deploy an OVA 2

  • Here you can see the OVA details

Deploy an OVA 3

  • At this moment, it’s similar to new virtual machine, you select the name of your VM and the folder location

Deploy an OVA 4

  • Select resource pool

Deploy an OVA 5

  • Choose the datastore destination storage

Deploy an OVA 6

  • Select the disk format

Deploy an OVA 7

  • Choose your network VLAN

Deploy an OVA 8

  • Last step, you can find all deployment settings ! Click finish to start the deployment !

Deploy an OVA 9

All’s right ? Deployment completed successfully !

Deploy an OVA 10

 

If you want to create an OVF, you can download here “OVF Tool”, it’s an official VMware tool, that’s free.

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Hi ! I’m Maxime. Founder and independant author of vDays.net. I have worked in service IT since 3 years ago, after a 5 years’ internship. Via this blog, I would like share and discuss with you on new technologies, especially on virtualization and VMware.

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