msikscurloc
Contributor
Contributor

vSphere Replication 8.4.x OVFTOOL Changes

Seems the documentation (page 65) and online docs are have incorrect information on how to use the OVFTool with the 8.4.0 Replication Appliance...

VMware vSphere Replication Administration Guide (8.4.0) 

Use the OVF Tool to Deploy an Additional vSphere Replication Server (8.4.0) 

The correct syntax should be:

ovftool
--acceptAllEulas
--noSSLVerify
--ipAllocationPolicy=fixedPolicy
--ipProtocol=IPv4
--deploymentOption=standard
--name="SERVER NAME"
--datastore="DATASTORE NAME"
--diskMode=thin
--net:"Network 1"="NETWORK NAME"
--prop:"varoot-password"="ROOT USER PASSWORD"
--prop:"vaadmin-password"="ADMIN USER PASSWORD"
--prop:"network.addrfamily.vSphere_Replication_Appliance=ipv4"
--prop:"network.netmode.vSphere_Replication_Appliance=static"
--prop:ntpserver="NTP SERVER IP OR FQDN"
--prop:vami.hostname="SERVER HOSTNAME"
--prop:"network.ip0.vSphere_Replication_Appliance"="IP ADDRESS"
--prop:"network.netprefix0.vSphere_Replication_Appliance"="SUBNET MASK PREFIX"
--prop:"network.gateway.vSphere_Replication_Appliance"="GATEWAY IP ADDRESS"
--prop:"network.DNS.vSphere_Replication_Appliance"="DNS IP ADDRESSES, COMMA SEPARATED"
--prop:"network.domain.vSphere_Replication_Appliance"="SERVER DOMAIN NAME"
--prop:"network.searchpath.vSphere_Replication_Appliance"="DOMAIN SEARCH PATH"
--vService:installation=com.vmware.vim.vsm:extension_vservice
{VSPHERE_REPLICATION_ADD-ON_OVF_FILEPATH}
vi://${VSPHERE_USER}:${VSPHERE_USER_PASSWORD}@${VCENTER_SERVER_ADDRESS}/?ip=${ESX_HOST_NAME}

 

I should mention that, while this seems to work, I still receive the following message after the OVFTool completes:

Warning:
- No supported manifest(sha1, sha256, sha512) entry found for: 'vSphere_Replication-system.vmdk'.
- No supported manifest(sha1, sha256, sha512) entry found for: 'vSphere_Replication-support.vmdk'.
- Wrong file size specified in OVF descriptor for 'vSphere_Replication-system.vmdk' (specified: 834673664, actual 1267535360).
- Wrong file size specified in OVF descriptor for 'vSphere_Replication-support.vmdk' (specified: 2587136, actual 7767552).
- No supported manifest(sha1, sha256, sha512) entry found for: 'vSphere_Replication-system.vmdk'.
- No supported manifest(sha1, sha256, sha512) entry found for: 'vSphere_Replication-support.vmdk'.
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vbrowncoat
VMware Employee
VMware Employee

I'll work to get the docs updated. Thanks for sharing this.

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