If a virtual machine is a deployed OVF template, you can view the application properties and the OVF deployment options that are defined in the OVF. The deployment options include information about unrecognized OVF sections and the IP allocation policy.


Verify that the virtual machine has the vApp options enabled. See Enable vApp Options for a Virtual Machine.


  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.
    The Edit vApp Options dialog box opens.
  4. If the OVF template included editable IP allocation options, click the IP Allocation tab and modify the IP allocation options in the Deployment section.
    Option Description
    Static - Manual IP addresses are manually configured. No automatic allocation is performed.
    Transient - IP Pool IP addresses are automatically allocated using IP pools from a specified range when the vApp is powered on. The IP addresses are released when the appliance is powered off.
    DHCP A DHCP server is used to allocate the IP addresses. The addresses assigned by the DHCP server are visible in the OVF environments of virtual machines started in the vApp.
    Static - IP Pool IP addresses are automatically allocated from the managed IP network range of vCenter Server at power-on, and remain allocated at power-off.
    With the Static - IP Pool and Transient - IP Pool options, the allocation of IP addresses is done through an IP pool range defined in a network protocol profile. The difference between the two options is that with a static IP pool, the IP addresses are allocated at the first power on of the virtual machine and remain allocated, while with a transient IP pool, the IP addresses are allocated when needed, typically at power-on, and released during power-off.