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VMware OVF Format to make Virtual Machines portable

Deploy a truly dynamic OVF using Deployment Option based on the 4 Computes (CPU, Memory, Storage & Network) (virtuallyGhetto)

After learning about the Dynamic Disks feature in OVF, I decided to revisit OVF Deployment Options again and investigate whether it was possible to include all four computes (CPU, Memory, Storage and Network) as part of the deployment option. What would b ...
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Did you know OVF supports a cool feature called Dynamic Disks?

A couple of weeks back I had the pleasure of meeting Anders Madsen who is the lead engineer for the very popular and useful tool called ovftool. While having a discussion on a variety of topics with Anders I came to learn about a cool little feature of th ...
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Using OVFtool via Powercli with a session ticket – lessons learned

Powercli is a really great tool for automation. Nevertheless from time to time we need other tools as well to fullfil our needs. If you want to automize the distribution of templates in your environment the OVFtool is a really nice way to achieve this. Si ...
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Flexible OVF deployments using Deployment Options (e.g. small, medium, large)

It is pretty common these days to see a vendor distribute their applications as a virtual appliance which pre-bundles both an operating system and their application instead of a stand alone installer and provides that as an OVF/OVA download. This makes it ...
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Quick Tip: Useful ovftool debugging options

This morning I needed perform several OVF uploads using ovftool and provide that information to engineering to investigate some performance issues. I tend to error on the side of providing more information than requested. The ovftool provides some really ...
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A PowerCLI vSphere OVF/OVA Import with Advanced Options

There are plenty of scripts and standard modules out there for deploying OVF’s into a vSphere environment but so far I haven’t ran into one that fits the bill completely.  For PowerCLI, the capability to write a full OVF importer has been hindered by ...
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OVF deployment and configuration

Some of the interesting aspects of the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) are the simplicity in the distribution, the power in the portability, the platform independence (although is not completely platform agnostic) and the ability to add additional metada ...
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Quick and Dirty HTTP Based Deployment Phyton OS X Linux

A lot of the scripted installation tools that VMware offers allows the usage of a central HTTP based repository for hosting the files. Today I stumbled over a little gem that might just help you create a “quick and dirty” HTTP based deployment scenario by ...
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Basic admin tasks using Web Client – deploy VM from ovf template

Quick step by step guide about deploying VM from OVF template using vSphere 5.1 web client

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VMware OVF 2.0 is here!

Over the past several years OVF (Open Virtualization Format) has been one of the most popular and widely adopted standards in the IaaS space. In fact, it’s the only national and international standard for virtualization and cloud computing. OVF 2.0 was r ...
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Appliances and OVF: The packaged approach to deployment  #VMware

Appliances are a great way to approach system deployments for your VMware environment. We are seeing more and more of this method of delivery of application environments, and with the increased number of vendors jumping on board, this is a sign that somet ...
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vCenter – Create OVF file from template or virtual machine

Here are the steps for creating an OVF file from an existing VMware virtual machine or a template in vCenter

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Lossless OVF Export in vSphere 5.1 & vCloud Director 5.1

Did you know in vSphere 5.1, the new vSphere Web Client now provides a lossless OVF export feature for virtual machines? Previous to this, when you exported a virtual machine only the basic configurations were captured to ensure the virtual machine could ...
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VMware Open Virtualization Format Tool OVF

Download the VMware Open Virtualization Format Tool, formally known as OVF tool here. The documentation can be found here. More info can be fount on the Open Virtualization Format Tool Community. The OVFTool works quite easy. Just open the VMware OVF Too ...
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Create and convert .ovf files with VMware

ESX 3.5 uses .ovf files when importing virtual machines. This is an open xml-based file format, and you can read more about OVF on the VMware website.

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Enabling Virtual Machine Portability with OVF

OVF (Open Virtualization Format) allows you to package, maintain, and manage one or more virtual machines as a single unit. OVF is an open standard and allows you to move the virtual machines from one VMware platform to another. You can even export to or ...
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Powers Combined: PowerCLI and OVFTool

This post will show how to combine the automation abilities of PowerCLI with OVFTool, but first: a bit of history…Open Virtualization Format (OVF) is designed to be a “universal” packaging system for virtual machines (and vApps, for that matter) across a ...
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vSphere Doesn’t Like OVF with SCSI ID of X:15

In a very random situation that most customers probably wouldn’t even encounter, we’ve came across a bug while importing an OVF that has a VMDK with a SCSI Address of X:15 (ie: SCSI 0:15, SCSI 1:15, etc). It appears that vSphere doesn’t take kindly to vir ...
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Importing and Exporting VAppTemplates from/to OVFs with PowerCLI

Although this title is somewhat boring and non-consequential for most, its meaning drives a whole lot of value in transferring goods and consuming services from different VMware clouds. There are of course other ways to do this, but I believe this is the ...
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vCloud Director: OVFs and VM Custom Properties

During the past couple of weeks we have been going full tilt building labs for EMC World 2012. So far this has been great on all sides and I have enjoyed getting stick time in the weeds with a whole lot of technology that I dont typically get extremely de ...
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