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Hi,

I recently created an OVA file via VMWare for the first time. It contains 3 VMDKs, where the storage in each VMDK is provisionally added.

I didn't realise that when the OVA is then subsequently imported into an ESX Server, all of the VMDK storage is (thick) allocated.

Is there any way around this? Customer is giving out saying it is too big.

Thanks!!
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When I import an OVF, I get the option to deloy Thick or Thin?

 Deploy OVF Thick or Thin
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by:mullykid
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Ok, so are you saying deploy an OVF with the VMDKs instead?
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ps. When I created the OVA, and OVF with the 3 VMDKs was also created.
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how did you create the OVF?
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when you deploy do you not get thick or thin options?
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by:mullykid
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I Created an OVA via VMWare Standalone Converted.

It created the OVA file, along with a an OVF file and the 3 VMDK files (which appear compressed) in a subfolder.

So, to achieve what I want do I...

Q1. Do I deploy the OVF file with the 3 VMDK files or...
Q2. Can I deploy the OVF with the OVA?
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by:mullykid
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I created an OVA via VMWare Standalone Converter.

It created the OVA file, along with an OVF file and the 3 VMDK files (which appear compressed) in a subfolder.

So, to achieve what I want to do...

Q1. Do I deploy the OVF file with the 3 VMDK files or...
Q2. Can I deploy the OVF with the OVA?
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if you import the OVF do you get a thick or thin option?
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by:mullykid
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Yes, I get an option to allocated all or to allow the virtual disks to expand.

Does this mean I need to deploy the OVF file and the VMDKs, rather than the OVA?
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An Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) package is an OVF  and VHD/VMDKs stored as a single file using the TAR format. It is the  distribution medium of a virtual appliance.

It's up to you how to distribute, either single OVA, or OVF with compressed VMDKs.
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My fellow vEXPERT Jason Boche, does a good job of describing OVA, OVF etc here on this blog

http://www.boche.net/blog/index.php/2010/07/02/ovf-ova-wtf/
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by:mullykid
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Yes, that's what I thought. It appears from a customer though that when importing an OVA into an ESX Server you have to allocated all your storage. Is this true? This is not the case when importing the OVA into VMWorkstation.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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No, you get a choice presented as detailed previously, that was imported into vSphere 5.0.
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by:mullykid
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Ok. I will talk to the customer. Thanks.
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I think though with an earlier version of ESX Server this isn't the case.
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