You can deploy a VM from an OVF or OVA template on your client machine.

About this task

For more information on deploying OVF or OVA templates, see Deploying OVF and OVA Templates.


Have an OVF or OVA template on your client machine.


  1. From the vSphere Client VMs and Templates view, right click the Workloads folder and select Deploy OVF Template.
  2. Select Local file, click Choose files, and browse to the OVF or OVA template.
  3. Proceed through the Deploy OVF Template wizard, using the following settings.
    1. For the VM folder, select Workloads, Templates, or another folder that you have write permissions on.
    2. For the compute resource, select Compute-ResourcePool.
    3. For the datastore, select workloadDatastore.
  4. On the Select networks page, enter an IP address in the IP address field.

    The IP Allocation Settings field is populated based on your OVF descriptor file. If the imported OVF only specifies DHCP, the IP Allocation Settings show only DHCP. If the OVF specifies both static IP and DHCP, IP Allocation Settings shows both.