Release date: 20 AUG 2019 | Build number: 13912821
Version 4.3.0 Update 3. Last document update: 16 AUG 2019
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About the OVF Tool

OVF Tool 4.3.0 Update 3 is a bug fix release to coincide with vSphere 6.7 Update 3.

VMware OVF Tool is a command-line utility that allows you to import and export OVF packages to and from virtual machines running on VMware virtualization platforms. OVF Tool gets called internally by many VMware products.

Before You Begin

The system requirements for this release are the same as for OVF Tool 4.3. See the OVF Tool 4.3 Release Notes for a summary of new features in that release.

You can download the OVF Tool for installation on Windows 64-bit or 32-bit, Linux 64-bit or 32-bit, and Mac OS X 64-bit. The OVF Tool landing page provides a link to the software download group for each release.

What's New?

It is no longer necessary to use viUseProxy and vCloudUseProxy to enable the proxy. Just the presence of a --proxy=... flag enables the proxy. See below.

The new --noNvramFile command line option skips the NVRAM file when exporting a virtual machine to OVF or importing OVF to a virtual machine. In other words, OVF Tool does not download the NVRAM file during VM export, and does not upload the NVRAM file during deployment or OVF import.

The --X:skipContentLength command line option avoids sending the Content-Length header in requests. In this release, this is the default option for vCloud targets.

This release of OVF Tool supports versions 27.0 (8.20) through 32.0 (9.7) of vCloud Director.

Support for 3D graphics memory and CPU shares was added in Update 2. In other words, details about 3D graphics memory and CPU shares are sent during OVF export, and transferred from OVF to the virtual machine during import.

Resolved Issues

Fixed in this release:

  • HTTP proxying extended for secure connections (HTTPS).

    In previous releases, the --proxy flag worked for HTTP but not secure HTTPS connections. This is fixed in 4.3 Update 3. Two related flags were added: --proxyCert to specify a certificate file, and --noProxyVerify to accept absence of a valid SSL certificate.

  • OVF upload with vCloud Directory fails to send HTTP data.

    With previous releases of OVF Tool, upload using vCloud Director UI failed with the message “Error: Failed to send http data.” The workaround was to specify --X:skipContentLength on the command line. In this release, that is the default when communicating with vCloud Director, so the option does not need to be specified.

  • Curl program updated to 7.64, Open SSL to 1.0.2r.

    To resolve several CVE security issues, the Curl component in OVF Tool was updated to version 7.64, and Open SSL was updated to version 1.0.2r.

Known Issues

There are no known issues at this time.

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