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Open up a virtual appliance in vmware server or player

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I downloaded a virtual appliance from oracle that consists of a vmdk and an ovf file. Is it possible for me to open this appliance with vmware workstation or vmware server?
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OVF stands for Open Virtualization Format which is the ISO Standard for compatibility between multiple Virtualization vendors.

You can use OVF to import the same into VMware Workstation / Server / Player.

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Vmware server will only let me open up .vmx files.
I am able to open OVA / OVF files using VMware Player v3.0.
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See the VMware discussion on OVF here "opike":
http://www.vmware.com/appliances/getting-started/learn/ovf.html

The last heading on this page is in regards to the VMware OVF Tool 1.0 that allows you to import OVF in all the VMware platforms:
"VMware OVF Tool is a command line utility that supports importing and exporting of OVF packages for a wide variety of VMware platforms, including VMware Workstation, VMware Server 2.0, vSphere 4.0, and earlier versions of VMware ESX Server and VMware VirtualCenter."

Hope that helps.

Regards,
~coolsport00

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arunraju: When I try to open this ovf file in vmware player I get the following error message:

"Failed to open virtual machine: Failed to query source for information."

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Here is the ovf file (remove the .txt).
Solaris-10-u8.ovf.txt

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coolsport00:

When I try to process this ovf file with the ovf tool I get the following output:

C:\temp\vmware\Virtual Machines\Solaris Appliance>"C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware OVF Tool\ovf
tool.exe" Solaris_10_u8.ovf virtual_machine
Opening OVF source: Solaris_10_u8.ovf
Warning: No manifest file
Opening VMX target: virtual_machine
Error:
 - Line 8: Unsupported value 'http://www.vmware.com/specifications/vmdk.html#sparse' for attribute '
format' on element 'Disk'.
 - Line 33: Unsupported element 'Description'
 - Line 41: Unsupported element 'Description'
 - Line 44: Unsupported element 'AllocationUnits'
 - Line 50: Unsupported element 'Description'
 - Line 53: Unsupported element 'ResourceSubType'
 - Line 54: Unsupported element 'Address'
 - Line 59: Unsupported element 'Description'
 - Line 62: Unsupported element 'AutomaticAllocation'
 - Line 63: Unsupported element 'AddressOnParent'
 - Line 70: Unsupported element 'ResourceSubType'
 - Line 71: Unsupported element 'AutomaticAllocation'
 - Line 72: Unsupported element 'Connection'
 - Line 77: Unsupported element 'Description'
 - Line 80: Unsupported element 'Address'
 - Line 85: Unsupported element 'Description'
 - Line 88: Unsupported element 'ResourceSubType'
 - Line 89: Unsupported element 'AutomaticAllocation'
 - Line 90: Unsupported element 'AddressOnParent'
 - Line 95: Unsupported element 'Description'
 - Line 98: Unsupported element 'HostResource'
 - Line 99: Unsupported element 'Parent'
 - Line 100: Unsupported element 'AddressOnParent'
 - Line 105: Unsupported element 'Description'
 - Line 108: Unsupported element 'AutomaticAllocation'
 - Line 109: Unsupported element 'Parent'
 - Line 110: Unsupported element 'AddressOnParent'
May I know what version of VMware Player are you using ?

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VMWare player version 3.0.1 build-227600