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vSphere Virtual Machine Management by Rebecca Fitzhugh

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Creating a virtual machine from an OVF file

Open Virtualization Format (OVF) is a cross-platform, open industry standard for packaging and distributing virtual appliances between different virtualization products. VMware has a Virtual Appliance Marketplace from which you can browse and download different virtual appliances.

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While visiting the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace, you may have realized that some download packages are available as OVF files while others are available as OVA files. An Open Virtualization Appliance (OVA) is a single file consisting of a TAR archive for distribution. An OVF file usually consists of multiple files.

Once an OVF file has been downloaded, right-click on an inventory object and select Deploy OVF Template… ...

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