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How can I import a .ova machine into vmware?  I did convert the file and said it completed successfully, although it wont start, goes into a repair mode.  Does anyone have any better ways to import the .ova file?
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by:simonseztech
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OVFs/OVAs created by all our products contain the virtual disks in compressed vmdk format. This makes it easy to package and distrbute OVFs. However we cannot directly run the VM out of compressed disks. We have to uncompress them into regular/normal vmdk format before we can run the VM. So I do not believe that there is any tool that will be able to directly run an OVF which contains disks in compressed VMDK format.

Are you using vmware converter standalone ?
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by:DarrylHadfield
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An OVA file is a template.. you don't actually run it, you use it to create a VM guest, which you would then run.

What was the appliance? It could be you've got a flakey version, since it's dropping immediately to repair mode on start...
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by:Jack_son_
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Yes, the standalone.  I also use the ova tool to convert it once and it wanted to start into a repair mode.  I was able to import it into VMWare ESX, although the issue is I really need it in VMWare WOrkstation.
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by:coolsport00
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The current version of the Standalone Converter (4.3) doesn't support OVA/OVF conversion (see pg. 21-22: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/convsa_43_guide.pdf), but the last version (4.0.1) does (see pg. 21: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/converter_standalone_guide401.pdf).

If the older Converter doesn't work for you, you can download the OVF Deploy Tool from here:
http://www.vmware.com/appliances/getting-started/learn/ovf.html, and use the Guide here:
http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/ovf/ovf10/ovftool_10_userguide.pdf to finalize conversion/deployment (it works for OVA as specified on pg. 12 of the Guide).

Hope that helps.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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