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Exporting & Importing a VM Template

I have created a VM template using VCenter in my ESX server.

I want to export this template and store it in the file system and then import it to a different ESX server.

Is this doable?

Using OVF format is one option, but is there a different approach? VMWare Convertor can help? If so does it expose a SDK so I can do some automation?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

8/22/2022 - Mon
Paul Solovyovsky

couple different ways of doing this, the easiest one is to browse datastore browser, copy the template VM folder.  Once copied to USB, etc.. use the new ESX host to upload back to a datastore.  In vCenter browse to the vmtx file and click "register VM"

you're set from there.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

or you could convert template to virtual machine, and use converter to transfer to destination esx server.

How about if I want to be able to automate this. Does SDK has support to copy files out of the data store to the file system and upload it to a different ESX server?
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