May 5, 2018 Vignesh Sathiyanantham

I recently had a demand to deploy an OVF (Open Virtualization Format is an open-source standard for packaging and distributing software applications for virtual machines) which is located on Datastore of ESXi Server. When you try to deploy from vSphere web client ( Flash / HTML) you can specify the OVF URL or the location accessible from my computer. Specifying the path from the local computer is simple if browser detects the VMware Client Integration tool. But you cant see the option to deploy from Datastore. How to Deploy an OVF from ESXi Datastore In vSphere, you have an option to…

February 18, 2014 Vignesh Sathiyanantham 4Comment

The OVF in vSphere is not just about deployment and packaging. There is also a runtime part, namely the OVF environment. This is a feature that has been around since the early days of vSphere 4.x, if not earlier which provides a mechanism to retrieve some of this information as well as custom properties. The OVF feature provides users with the capability to pass in any type of metadata information such as application start up parameters, network configuration, password management, etc. directly into the guestOS for flexible guest customization. In this post, i will show how to fetch the runtime…