An OVF template captures the state of a virtual machine or vApp into a self-contained package. The disk files are stored in a compressed, sparse format.


  • Power off the virtual machine or vApp.
  • Required privilege: vApp.Export


  1. Navigate to a virtual machine and from the Actions menu, select Template > Export OVF Template.
  2. In the Name field, enter the name of the template.
    For example, enter MyVm.
    Note: When you export an OVF template with a name that contains asterisk (*) characters, those characters turn into underscore (_) characters.
  3. (Optional) In the Annotation field, enter a description.
  4. To include additional information or configurations in the exported template, select the Enable advanced options check box.
    The advanced settings include information about the BIOS UUID, MAC addresses, boot order, PCI Slot numbers, and configuration settings used by other applications. These options limit portability.
  5. Click OK and respond to the prompts to save each file associated with the template (.ovf, .vmdk, .mf).