Deploy VMWare template without Vcentre

Hi guys, i have some ESXi severs on remote sites that have some 2008R2 templates. The hosts arent connected to the Vcentre and cant be. Is there a way to deploy the templates to the ESXi host?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Upload the files, and change the extension to VMX!
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Alan OBrienSystems AdministratorCommented:
VMware vSphere Client (vSphere Client) allows you to deploy and export virtual machines, virtual appliances, and vApps stored in Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF). An appliance is a pre-configured virtual machine that typically includes a preinstalled guest operating system and other software.
Deploying an OVF template allows you to add pre-configured virtual machines to your vCenter Server or ESX/ESXi inventory. Deploying an OVF template is similar to deploying a virtual machine from a template. However, you can deploy an OVF template from any local file system accessible from the vSphere Client machine, or from a remote web server. The local file systems can include local disks (such as C:), removable media (such as CDs or USB keychain drives), and shared network drives.
Exporting OVF templates allows you to create virtual appliances that can be imported by other users. You can use the export function to distribute pre-installed software as a virtual appliance, or as a means of distributing template virtual machines to users, including users who cannot directly access and use the templates in your vCenter Server inventory.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can also Export Templates!

Select Inventory, VMs and Templates

Highlight the Template, and select File > Export > Export OVF Template

To Import select File > Deploy OVF Template
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cwstad2Author Commented:
this is over a very low bandwidth connection so cant test immediately. so when deploying from and OVF does it do the sysprep and such?
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Alan OBrienSystems AdministratorCommented:
The whole machine is preconfigured beforehand so shouldn't need to use sysprep
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No, it just completes a RAW import. e.g. "as is"
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cwstad2Author Commented:
Right ok so would need to do sysprep afterwards
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, if and only if Sysprep is required.
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