An OVF package captures the state of a virtual machine or vApp into a self-contained package. The disk files are stored in a compressed, sparse format.
- In the vSphere Client, select the virtual machine or vApp and select .
- In the Export OVF Template dialog, type the Name of the template.
For example, type MyVm.Note: When exporting an OVF template with a name that contains asterisk (*) characters, those characters turn into underscore characters (_).
- Enter the Directory location where the exported virtual machine template is saved, or click “...” to browse for the location.
The C:\ drive is the default location where the template is stored.For example, OvfLib.
- In the Format field, determine how you want to store the files.
- Select Folder of files (OVF) to store the OVF template as a set of files (.ovf, .vmdk, and .mf) This format is optimal if you plan to publish the OVF files on a web server or image library. The package can be imported, for example, into the vSphere client by publishing the URL to the .ovf file.
- Select Single file (OVA) to package the OVF template into a single .ova file. This might be convenient to distribute the OVF package as a single file if it needs to be explicitly downloaded from a web site or moved around using a USB key.
- In Description, type a description for the virtual machine.
By default, the text from the Notes pane on the virtual machine’s Summary tab appears in this text box.
- Select the checkbox if you want to include image files attached to floppy and CD/DVD devices in the OVF package.
Note: This checkbox only shows if the virtual machine is connected to an ISO file or if the floppy drive is connected to a floppy image.
- Click OK.
The download process is shown in the Export window.
Example: Folder Locations for OVF and OVA Files
If you type OvfLib for a new OVF folder, the following files might be created:
If you choose to export into the OVA format, and type MyVm, the file C:\MyVm.ova is created.