Unable to import OVF file into VMWare Workstation 14

I am trying to import a OVF file into VMWare Workstation 14 according to the following steps:  On the main screen of VMWare Workstation Select the option 'Open a Virtual Machine'.  I then browse to the OVF file that I want to import and double click to import.  I receive the following error:

Line -1: Unsupported value 'vhv.enable' for attribute 'key' on element 'ExtraConfig'

Has anyone seen this error?
Richard AaronAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Has anyone seen this error?

Yes, we've seen it, it's not compatible! If it's vendor supplied is it design for VMware Workstation ?

That key looks like a key for ESXi, and not VMware Workstation ? (e.g. it enables nested virtualization, you could remove the line! but that might make it worse!)

What is the OVF, can it be downloaded, for us to check ?

where did OVF come from, not all OVFs are the same, and although suppose to be an OPEN system of transfer, has turned out to be a can of worms e.g. it's NOT an open standard.

So it very much depends on what generated the OVF you are trying to import.

Regenerate the OVF etc

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Richard AaronAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your response.  This OVF is for Cisco VIRL and they claim fully compatible for VMWorkstation.  The OVF is almost 6 GB in size.  I did find another link with the answer that you described.  There answer stated to do the following:  Unzip the OVA using 7zip, this should give you 3 files.

A vmdk, your hdd, we do not need to touch this file.

An OVF, we will edit this.

An MF, we will replace the file hash for the OVF in this.


Open the OVF file in Notepad++

Find and remove the line referencing vhv = enable that is giving you there error, my version was like below:

<vmw:ExtraConfig vmw:key="vhv.enable" vmw:value="TRUE"/>

Save and close the file


Open the OVF with the Hash Calculator and copy the SHA1 value.

Open the MF file in Notepad++ and replace the hash value for the OVF file with the new SHA1 value you got in the previous step.

Save and close all.


Import the OVF into Workstation 14.

Prior to starting the VM, edit the settings and set the VTx value to true.

Start VIRL…

Please let me know if this sounds accurate.  

Thank you for all your assistance.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I thought it was VIRL it works on ESXi

Cisco are making an assumption it would work on workstation but it's wrong as you have seen.

Your method is sound.

However we would Import into ESXi and Convert for Workstation!
Richard AaronAuthor Commented:
Thank you Andrew.  That was the issue.  I went back to Workstation 10 and that fixed the problem.
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