erickmiller
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OVF importing

I was just wondering, now that Converter 4.0 is a plug-in to VC 2.5, is there any possibility that it can be scripted to import an OVF file "hands-off"?

Thanks!

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With 2.5 the only automation option available for importing OVF is to use p2vTool. As far as I can tell this is changing with VI4 though I haven't tried the APIs so I'm not sure they do what I think they do.

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erickmiller
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Hi,

Sorry for the very late reply... thanks for your reply! Which p2vTool are you referring to? The Linux command-line p2v tool?

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p2vtool is installed as part of VMware Converter. It requires a license to run.

However, I recently learned that the latest version of ovftool can do imports, even to 3.5, so that's worth a try.

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erickmiller
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Very interesting! Smiley Happy We have many licenses of ESX Enterprise and thus Converter Enterprise. I just looked on our Converter server for the p2vtool and couldn't find it. I simply searched all drives for "p2v." and only returned DLLs.

Is it, by chance, called "converter-tool.exe"?

I'm checking out ovftool as I type. Smiley Happy Thanks!

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It's called p2vTool in Converter standalone.

Somehow I wouldn't be surprised if they used a different name in Converter enterprise 😕

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dmn0211
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I believe the vitoolkit extensions provide a function "Import-TkeVirtualAppliance" to import a appliance from the internet. Are those not in OVF format? Would that function help in this instance?

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There is, but I don't believe it was ever finished.

In any event, it would have been for VMDK/VMX bundles (the way most virtual appliances are packaged today).

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