You can export virtual machines, virtual appliances, and vApps in Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF). You can then deploy the OVF template in the same environment or in a different environment. Deploy an OVF Template in the vSphere ClientWhen you connect directly to a host with the vSphere Client, you can deploy an OVF template from a local file system accessible to the vSphere Client machine, or from a web URL. Export an OVF TemplateAn 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.