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.

Required privilege: vApp > Export


Power off the virtual machine or vApp.


  1. Navigate to a virtual machine and from the Actions menu, select Template > Export OVF Template.
  2. In the Name field, type the name of the template.

    For example, type MyVm.


    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, type a description.
  4. Select the Enable advanced options checkbox if you want to include additional information or configurations in the exported template. 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.
  6. You are prompted to save each file associated with the template (.ovf, .vmdk, .mf).

    If you are using the Internet Explorer browser to export and OVF template, new tabs open in the browser for each file of the OVF template. For each new tab, you are prompted to accept a security certificate. Accept each security certificate, before saving each file.