Looks like the old bug with EFI Linux VM Export (to ovf/ova) still in place in Workstation.
The imported VM shows a boot failure error message "EFI SCSI Hard Drive... unsuccessful"
until original nvram file has been copied.
How to reproduce:
1. Download/Install latest Workstation;
2. Create EFI Linux VM;
3. Export it to ovf/ova;
4. Import again to Workstation and/or to ESXi;
5. A boot failure error message is shown.
NVRAM file should also be exported in ovf/ova along with other files if
1. A source VM type is Linux;
2. Firmware of VM is EFI.
Brilliant. I shall get out my virtual clue-bat and apply it liberally to the responsible party. And hopefully we can then fix it.
Thanks for reporting it! And sorry for the hassle!