Deploy OVF from Datastore

Deploy OVF from VMware ESXi Datastore

If you have followed my last post, by now you must be aware on how to Import OVF file from our Local System/Server or how to Export OVF file to our Local System/Server. If you would like to Deploy the OVF file from Vspher’s Datastore, then you can follow the below steps.

  • Launch browser and type Vsphere’s IP Address.     https://X.X.X.X/folder     (Replace X.X.X.X with Vsphere’s IP Address)
  • Enter root credentials when prompted.
  • Click on ha-datacenter


  • Click on the Datastore and Folder where your OVF files are located
  • Right click on the Filename.OVF and click Copy Link Location  (Filename will depend on the OVF you exported earlier)

  • Login to the Vsphere using Vsphere Client
  • Click on Deploy OVF Template
  • Deploy from a file or URL > Paste the URL link that you copied earlier in the above step
  • Click on Next
  • Follow the Wizard and select the options accordingly (how would you like the VM to be deployed)
  • Click on Finish

That’s all !! This is how you import Virtual Machines using OVF from Datastore.

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2 Responses

  1. Jack Mehoff says:

    It doesn’t work – “URL is not well formed” – running vCenter 6.7

  2. MG says:

    This doesn’t work on ESX 6.5/6.7/7.0

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