OVF & OVA both are virtualization file format's. Which are used to export & import virtual machines from one server to another. It can be used in VMware, Virtual Box & RHEL virtualization. OVF stands for Open virtualization Format used for pack & distribute virtual appliances or virtual machines.OVF package contains multiple files into one. To deploy the OVF image, follow these steps: Use the vSphere client to sign in to the VMware host server using its IP address, username, and password. Go to File and select Deploy OVF Template. Select the file sf_virtual and select Open. When the file path opens in the vSphere client, select Next. Verify the OVF template details.
VMware OVF Tool is a command-line utility that helps you import and export OVF packages to and from many VMware products. You can either install OVF Tool as an application, navigating to the top Download link, or unpack the Zip file for your platform and run it locally from the current folder. This OVF Tool version is for vSphere 8. For previous versions, see OVF Tool resources for vSphere 7 and before. OVF is based on a DMTF specification..
I prefer to think of OVF Templates as “Zip” files for Virtual Machines and Virtual Appliances. Where as the OVA file is the complete appliance pre packaged. There are two things you will want to do with an OVF Template; 1. Export a VM to an OVF Template. 2. Import an OVF Template (Note: VMware call this “Deploy an OVF Template”).
About the OVF Tool. OVF Tool 4.4.1 coincides with vSphere 7.0 Update 1. VMware OVF Tool is a command-line utility that allows import and export of OVF packages to and from virtual machines running on VMware virtualization platforms. OVF Tool gets called internally by many VMware products. Before You Begin.
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