A virtual machine can be packaged for transport. vSphere provides a method to do so, by exporting a virtual machine in an open virtual machine format (OVF), which is an open standard developed by the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) with cooperation from VMware, Citrix, IBM, Microsoft, Sun, and other companies.
There are two formats to package a virtual machine and its files:
Read the How it works... section of the following recipe to understand the difference between the two formats.
The following procedure explains how to export a virtual machine to OVA or OVF format: