A virtual machine's OVF settings allow you to customize the OVF environment, OVF transport, and boot behavior after OVF deployment. You can edit and configure settings that affect the OVF environment in the Virtual Machine Properties dialog box.

Prerequisites

vApp options must be enabled in order to access these options.

Procedure

  1. Navigate to a virtual machine from the vCenter Server inventory.
  2. On the Configure tab, expand Settings and select vApp options.
  3. Click the Edit button.

    In the vSphere Client, the Edit vApp Options dialog box opens.

    In the vSphere Web Client, the Edit Settings dialog box opens.

  4. If vApp options are not enabled, select the Enable vApp options check box.
  5. Customize the OVF settings for the virtual machine.

    Option

    Description

    OVF environment

    Click View to display the OVF environment settings in XML format. The settings are not available when the virtual machine is powered off.

    OVF environment transport

    • If you select ISO image, an ISO image that contains the OVF template information is mounted in the CD-ROM drive.

    • If you select VMware Tools, the VMware Tools guestInfo.ovfEnv variable is initialized with the OVF environment document.

    Installation boot

    If you click Enable, the virtual machine reboots after the OVF deployment completes. You can the delay time before the virtual machine starts the reboot operation.

    Option

    Description

    vSphere Client

    1. Click the OVF Details tab.

    2. Make changes to the OVF environment transport options.

      • If you select ISO image, an ISO image that contains the OVF template information is mounted to the CD-ROM drive.

      • If you select VMware Tools, the VMware Tools guestInfo.ovfEnv variable is initialized with the OVF environment document.

    3. Enable the Installation boot option to reboot the virtual machine after the OVF deployment completes.

    4. If Installation boot is enabled, you can specify the delay time in seconds before the reboot operation starts.

    vSphere Web Client

    1. In the Authoring section, expandOVF settings.

    2. Click View next to OVF environment to view the OVF environment settings in XML format.

      Note:

      The settings are available only when the virtual machine is powered on.

    3. Make changes to the OVF environment transport options.

      • If you select ISO image, an ISO image that contains the OVF template information is mounted to the CD-ROM drive.

      • If you select VMware Tools, the VMware Tools guestInfo.ovfEnv variable is initialized with the OVF environment document.

    4. Enable the Installation boot option to reboot the virtual machine after the OVF deployment completes.

    5. If Installation boot is enabled, you can specify the delay time in seconds before the reboot operation starts.

  6. Click OK to save your changes and exit the dialog box.

    In the vApp Options pane, you can view the OVF settings panel with information about the OVF settings.

  7. (Optional) To view information about the OVF environment settings, power on the virtual machine and click the View OVF Environment button in the vApp Options pane.

    The information is displayed in XML format.