tbowman01
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Import ova from esxi shell to localhost

Has anyone been successful at getting the ovftool to import an ova from the esxi 5.1 shell to the local host?

Background: I have a kickstart DVD install that installs esxi 5.1 then copies files to the local datastore1.  extracts the vmware-ovftools to local datastore1 then executes a command ovftool <options> <source> <dest>  I get an error: ovftool :not found  Below is my actual script.

/vmfs/volumes/$(hostname -s)-datastore1/vmware-ovftool/ovftool --machineOutput --dm=thin --powerOn \

   /vmfs/volumes/$(hostname -s)-datastore1/FILES/VCSA-5.1.ova --name=vCenter vi://root:password@localhost

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lakshya32
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Hi

Welcome to the communities.

Its working for me .

please share log files for better understanding.

"When you fail to plan, you plan to   fail."
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kapild
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Hey ,

Please check my script if it helps. It works very well on esxi host cli but not as post deployment kick start script.

# Gets ovftool 

wget http://192.168.1.250/ovftool.tar.gz -O /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/vmware-ovftool.tar.gz

# Extracts OVF tool

tar -xzvf /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/vmware-ovftool.tar.gz -C /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/

# Gets OVA from remote apache server

sh /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/usr/lib/vmware-ovftool/ovftool --lax -dm=thin -ds=datastore1 "http://192.168.1.250/openst.ova" "vi://

root:12345678@192.168.1.90"

# Turns on VM

vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on $(vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms | grep "openst" | awk '{print $1}')


Thanks

Kapil

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