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How to Deploy OVA with VMware vCenter

Hello Experts,

I was advised that in order to deploy the ova, (asa871-8.ova), shown in the image I would need vCenter. I have deployed vCenter, see image but not sure of the steps required to deploy asa871-8.ova.

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Can someone help me.

Cheers
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jmpleCommented:
Hello,

1. We need to configure vCenter Server accesing the console at https://VMware vCenter Server Appliance IP address:5480

https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-55/index.jsp#com.vmware.vsphere.vcenterhost.doc/GUID-A8071210-2F1C-447F-AFCD-A585D318F264.html

2. You need to access vCenter on https://Mware vCenter Server Appliance IP address:9443/vsphere-client/

3. You must create a Datacenter

4. You must add a host to your datacenter

5. You can deploy your virtual appliance selecting VM And Templates then right click Datacenter->All Tasks->Deploy OVF

Please note that vCenter needs a License
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Michael ZehrCommented:
Hi,

actually that's possible with a single host, without vCenter. Just select File > Deploy OVF Template in your vSphere Client and select the downloaded ova-file.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Michael,

It would be ideal if I could deploy the OVA the way you described. However, when I attempt to deploy it that way I get the following error message:

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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Experts,

The following suggestion was made by another export;

Unless you know someone that already has a vCenter Server, and they can "migrate/copy/export" the OVF so it can be used directly imported into ESXi or VMware Workstation.

I have exported the OVF and it has been experted as a .vmdk file.

Can someone let me know what I need to do now its a .vmdk file?

Cheers
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Michael ZehrCommented:
Hi,

well there you are. the message includes the reason. This particular .ova actually can't be deployed to a single host... Then I suggest you really do deploy vCenter and configure it. You can use the trial license for 60 days, but like jmple said, you need a license then. Do you Need help configuring the appliance?
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Michael ZehrCommented:
a better Approach would be to try to Export again as ovf. Just click on File -> Export in your vSphere Client.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@Michael, not all OVFs or OVAs are equal, some are designed for vCenter Server with VMware HA, VMware DRS, and a Cluster, such as this OVA!

It needs to be deployed via vCenter Server, and therefor the OP MUST CONNECT to vCenter Server.

Are you connecting to vCenter Server, and not directly to the ESXi Server ?

Power on the Appliance configure it, and Connect to it!

The original Appliance OVA from Cisco needs to use vCenter Properties for deployment.

You can also use the vSphere Client (C#) to also connect to vCenter Server, this is quicker, than using the web Client.

So fire up the usual client you use to connect to ESXi, but put in the IP Address of vCenter Server appliance!
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jmpleCommented:
Hi,

If you have de vmdk you can create a new virtual machine and use the vmdk as primary disk, but this may fail because you must know how much ram, cpus and nics to use and the mac of the nics will be different.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

Sorry for delayed response.

I have powered up the Appliance, see image.
asaWhere you say,
fire up the usual client you use to connect to ESXi, but put in the IP Address of vCenter Server appliance!
asaShould put in my address 64.x.x.x in login box instead of 10.110.0.248 shown in the image above?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
10.110.0.248 - this IP Address should go in the login box, with the username of at least Administrator@vsphetre.local

and the password you used to set it up...
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
OK Experts,

I'm at a loss.

Need help

Thanks in advance
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Andrew,

You can also use the vSphere Client (C#) to also connect to vCenter Server, this is quicker, than using the web Client.

Did you mean login to vSphere Client the same way I do when I'm logging into the ESXi host?

If so, when I put in the ip address, followed by login root, password, vmware I'm not able to login....
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
I'm logged in via the console

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But not sure what to do from here
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
1. Start the vSphere Client (we call it the C# client because it's written in C#language!).

2. Put in the IP Address of vCenter Server which is - 10.110.0.248 based on screenshot...

3. Login with Username and Password, this is NOT the username and password for ESXi.

4. use Administrator@vSphere.local username and password.

Nothing to do on the console!
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

Put in the IP Address of vCenter Server which is - 10.110.0.248 based on screenshot...

Don't I need to be on the same network as 10.110.0.248?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
vCenter Server and ESXi Host server *MUST* be on the same network, or rouetable.

I think it's doubtful here you will even be able to add ESXi to vCenter Server.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
OK,

I'm now on the same network as 10.110.0.248, see image. However, when I try to login I get the error shown in the image

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cpatte7372Author Commented:
vCenter Server and ESXi Host server *MUST* be on the same network, or rouetable.

In that case I need to reconfigure the address of the vCenter Server...
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jmpleCommented:
Hi,

vCenter will not work if you have not configured as I put on my first comment

You need to  configure vCenter Server accesing the console at https://10.110.0.248:5480
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jmpleCommented:
You  can ping vCenter but can not access because the vcenter service is not running
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
You need to  configure vCenter Server accesing the console at https://10.110.0.248:5480
But the vCenter Server needs to be on the same network as the ESXi host as mentioned by Andrew
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
root is for ESXi only!

Administrator@vsphere.local
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
I put in the username:

Administrator@vsphere.local

Password

Administrator@vsphere.local

But got the message:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
okay, we are getting there, make sure the password, is the password you used on install, e.g. the SSO password.

can you just check if you open a web browser to

 https://Mware vCenter Server Appliance IP address:9443/vsphere-client/

does it display the web client with login username and password box ?
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

The only screen I'm getting is the following

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Michael ZehrCommented:
Just putting in my thoughts: You've got the appliance, right? Try root as username and vmware as Password...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
that is the vSphere Web Client on the Appliance responding, but it should also have a login and password box ?

see the quick start guide...

http://vmwire.com/2011/07/15/vsphere-vcenter-server-linux-virtual-appliance-quick-start-guide/
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Experts,

Below is an image of the summary of vCenter server.

Can you let me know how to now deploy the OVA?

Cheers
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Oops
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Well you need to start the Services!
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Experts

Nearly there.

Can you let me know the username password?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
root, vmware

hang on there is an error there, about the lookup service...

go through the guide above.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
OK,

Going through guide....

It seems to always get stuck when I click on 'database'

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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Should it really take this long for vCenter to get information about the database?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
how long have you waited ?

otherwise restart the appliance.
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Michael ZehrCommented:
Hi, did you do the  Setup wizard?

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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Experts

Sorry for the delayed response - I had to run out.

The database took over two hours to set - it is now embedded, see images

Now, for some reason the Server has Stopped and I'm not given the option to Start it (it's greyed out)

Is it safe to assume that I won't be able to deploy the Cisco appliance OVA until the Server is running?

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Your help is so very much appreciated...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Correct.

You need to be able to connect vCenter Server, Create a datacenter, add site, then add a host, and then Delploy the OVF.
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Michael ZehrCommented:
Hi, yes you want be able to deploy your ova. But I have to repeat myself:

Hi, did you do the  Setup wizard?
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Michael ZehrCommented:
won't
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Michael,

I did the setup wizard.

I configured with default settings
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
You need to be able to connect vCenter Server, Create a datacenter, add site, then add a host, and then Delploy the OVF.

I can connect to vCenter, but I'm not sure how ot Create a datacenter ... :-(
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Are you using vSphere Client ?

Select File > New > Datacenter

then click the Datacenter, which can be any name...

e.g. CarltonHQ

or CONTROL-D

when looking at the Inventory

and Right Click it and select Add Host, follow the wizard, enter IP Address of Host, and username and password (root, and password)

vCenter Server *MUST* be able to reach the management network of your ESXi server, otherwise it will *NOT* be able to add it!

A simple test, logon to the console of the vCenter Appliance, and use *PING* ESXi IP Address...

no return or timeout, it cannot be reach - which means *FIX* *IT*

CONTROL - H

and then....

File > Deploy OVF

select OVA and follow the wizard
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

Thanks. Going to try your suggestion now...
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
In the meantime, the vCenter is stuck at Starting vCenter Server,
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

I don't have the option to select Datacenter, from my vSphere Client :-(
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
you cannot be connected to vCenter Server then!
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Still starting ... its taking forever to start.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
could be performance of server, or datastore.

vCenter Server is quite intensive, it uses 2 vCPUs and 8GB RAM.

You can check....How much ram do you have in server ?
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew

I will check how much RAM.

Thanks for your continued support
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
not a problem...
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Andrew,

The vCenter Server is finally running, see image.

Where you mention;

Are you using vSphere Client ?

Select File > New > Datacenter

Do you mean I need to bring up vSphere client and add the address of 10.110.0.248 instead of the address of the ESXi host?

Cheersasa
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Do you mean I need to bring up vSphere client and add the address of 10.110.0.248 instead of the address of the ESXi host?

Correct, login, and then follow the above.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Andrew,

Just before reading your response I rebooted vCenter and now the Server has stopped and I'm wasn't able to start it.

Therefore, I powered it off  and during the power up I noticed a WARNING: which stated lookup location file doesn't exist, see image.
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Is this serious?

Cheers
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Server won't run :-(
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Scrap it and start again, it's not worth trying to fix this, when you can re-import the OVF.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
OK. Will do
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Andrew,

Before I start the whole process off again, are you positive this is the only way to deploy the Cisco appliance OVA?

It really painful...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Correct.

Deploys find through vCenter Server.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hello Andrew,

I've been looking at the method for deploying Cisco ASA 1000v Cloud Firewall on their website and it doesn't mention having to deploy it via vCenter Server

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/security/asa/quick_start/asa1000V/1000V_get_start/inst1000V.html#wp1116480

Now I am confused...
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
I just can't get the flippin server to start ...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The document does not mention ESXi either or VMware vSphere Hypervisor

Well I've tested it here and If you try to deploy to a standalone ESXi host, you get the error message, you have found!

If you deloy via vCenter Server, it Deploys.

Q.E.D.

Because it's *NORMAL* for most Enterprise Organisations, to have ESXi and vCenter Server running in a cluster, and not a single ESXi server!

Cisco 1000V, is an Enterprise Solution, it's not for SOHO use!

How did you deploy this before ?

Is there an OVF available...

OVF - are for ESXi standalone

OVA - are for vCenter Deployment
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
OK, I see.

How did you deploy this before ?

I have never deployed it before.

I need to find the OVF ....
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, OVF will deploy on standalone.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Yeah,

I've just got to find the OVF ... if one actually exists??
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Andrew,

Have you come across a Cisco OVF ASA appliance by any chance?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
May have a method for you, hang on testing...
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Andrew,

I wait with bated breath.....
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, I've had a look at the OVA, it can be converted to an OVF, but this is still not going to help you because, of the following:-

when you deploy this OVA/OVF it asks for properties it injects into the VM at power ON.

e.g. IP Address, etc

when using it with vCenter Server these values you supply are written to the vCenter Server database, with ESXi standalone, there is no database, so the properties do not exist, so it cannot deploy.

There is a complicated method using the newer OVFTOOL, which can supply these values at Import, but I'm afraid you will need to reverse engineer the OVA, and all it's properties to do this, which will take you longer than Deploy vCenter Server.

I've just spent the last 2 hours, looking at the OVA.....
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Ouch! That sounds very complicated.

I was sitting here checking every 5 minutes hoping that you found a solution.

I can't thank you enough for trying.

I would love to deploy vCenter Server, but it simply won't fire up.

It really is a shame.

Darn it...
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Andrew,

One last try with vCenter Server. It appears to be running, see image. I now want to login via vSphere Client. The ip address of the vCenter Server is 10.110.0.247.
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Do you know what is the username and password?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
try root, vmware
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Just remembered, the ESXi host is on a different network.

This would mean I would have power change the ip address and power down the vCenter and put the interface in the same as the ESXi host .....
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
As I thought, I changed the ip address and vCenter is now on same network as ESXi host but now the Server isn't running...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
restart the vCenter Server
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

Before I go to bed I just wanted ask if you've seen the error in red from the imageasa
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
yes, you need to stop the vCenter Server service, if doing any db related issues.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
I guess that. Problem is the vCenter Service hasn't started in the first place
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

Hope you had a good nights sleep.

I was wondering if its possible to start the vCenter Server services from console?

Cheers
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

I'm getting ever so close.

The vCenter Server is now running, and its on the same network as the ESXi host.

However, when I try to login I get the error shown in the image.

asaIs this something you could help with?
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

I hope you haven't given up on me.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
is this the IP Address of the vCenter Server?

is this the username and password of the vCenter Service you are using?

The last error message suggests vCenter Server Service is not responding.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
jmple

If you have de vmdk you can create a new virtual machine and use the vmdk as primary disk,

Can you show me?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Incorrect, the VMDKs are compressed, and you do not know, what the virtual machine configuration is!

e.g. OS, NICs, Memory, CPU etc
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Cheers
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