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Vmware Powercli import-vapp command fails with an "internal server error"

Posted on 2016-07-19
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Hi.

I exported my 3 templates from my Vcenter server to my local disk using the OVA format (one single file).

Using the Vcenter client, I can re-import my 3 templates.

However , when i use the powercli command "import-vapp" to re-import my "windows" template again, it fails with the following error:

Import-vApp : 19-7-2016 14:15:20    Import-VApp        Error while uploading virtual disks. (InternalServerError: Internal Server Error)
+ Import-vApp -Source  "<template path>"
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (:) [Import-VApp], ViError
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : ViCore_VappServiceImpl_ImportVApp_DiskUploadError,VMware.VimAutomation.ViCore.Cmdlets.Commands.ImportVApp

The windows template uses 2 disks.
- One system disk of 40Gb. (C:\)
- One data disk of 10 GB. (D:\)

As a test I deleted the "system" (C:\) disk from the template, exported again and re-tried the import.
I was able to import successfully re-import the "windows" template after deleting the "system" (C:\) disk

The 2 other "Centos" templates are imported successfully using the "import-vapp" powercli command.

In the end, i'm trying to sync all my Vmware templates accross several Vcenter environments.

Hope someone can help me.
Thanks.
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Can you list the command you used?
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by:Member_2_7966454
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Hi. Thanks for your reply.

The command I use is:

Import-vApp -Source  "<path\filename.OVA>" -VMHost <fqdn esx name> -Name "<new template name>" -RunAsync:$False -confirm:$false -Datastore "<datastore to deploy to>"

The template is configured with an VMXnet3 adapter.

We run ESX 5.1.
Also powercli is version 5.1
I exported the template as an OVF now, and the import is (still) running now.
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Hi .

The OVF import worked.
Switching to the OVF format.

Thanks
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by:Member_2_7966454
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The OVF import worked.
Switching to the OVF format.
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