2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 9, 2015 4:06 PM by atoka

    vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 no longer using OVA format!

    atoka Novice

      Hi,

       

      vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 deployment process is significantly different than previous releases. It is no longer using OVA format and OVA deployment process to deploy a vCenter Server Appliance.

      My question is that with VMware moving away from OVA format, is OVA still the recommended way for third part application developer to ship an Appliance? Will VMware still keep supporting OVA deployment capability from vSphere Web Client/thick client?


      Thanks

        • 1. Re: vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 no longer using OVA format!
          a.p. Guru
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          I don't know the exact reason for this, but I think it might be related to the fact that during an OVF/IVA deployment, parameters can only be entered if the deployment process is initiated from an existing vCenter Server (i.e. not from en ESXi host). IMO the current deployment process simply provides a wrapper to successfully deploy the vCSA, independent of whether it's done in a new or an existing environment. If you take a look at the installation image's contents, you'll find the .ova file (without a file extension). Other VMware products are still shipped in an OVF/OVA, so I'm sure this format will remain a supported format.

           

          André

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          • 2. Re: vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 no longer using OVA format!
            atoka Novice

            Yes, you are right. The vmware-vcsa file still has OVF and vmdk file. Your reason also make sense because 6.0 Appliance installation just asked me for the host where I want to deploy it and didn't mention vCenter Server anywhere.