.OVA file



    Hi all,


    I have .ova file which I want to use it under my hyper-v.

    How I can do that ?!




    Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:25 PM


All replies

  • use WinRAR to expand it to a folder of files (a .OVA is a TAR archive of an OVF package).

    Within the OVF there could be one or more machines as a feature of the package.

    Once it is unpacked you can see if you have VMDK or VHD files and treat them accordingly.

    Is there a simple, magic way to import OVA or OVF to Hyper-V?  No.  There is some type of conversion that must be done.

    OVA and OVF are simply standardized package and description formats.

    I gives basics behind the formats here:

    You will need to simply create new VMs using the virutal disk files from the package.

    Brian Ehlert (hopefully you have found this useful)
    Learn. Apply. Repeat.
    Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:38 PM

    Dear Brian


    First of all thank you for your answer. It took me one step forward.

    After unziping I have 2 file as below:

    after exctraction the file sizes are as below:

    Quickstart-1.0-amd64-disk1.vmdk   1,268,707,840 bytes

     Quickstart-1.0-amd64.ovf                14,475 bytes !!!!

    Then I found a tools in below url called "Vmdk to Vhd Converter" to convert vmdk file to vhd.

    but here is the result ...



    Do you have any idea that where is the problem ?


    One again I appreciate your time in advance.



    Friday, September 23, 2011 1:01 AM
  • Hi,


    The following post discussed a similar issue, you can refer to:


    OVA and Hyper V



    Best Regards,

    Vincent Hu


    Friday, September 23, 2011 3:02 AM

    Dear All


    I'd like to say thank you to all of you for your valuable post and guidelines.






    Thursday, September 29, 2011 5:43 PM

    Dear All


    XenConvert solved my issue.

    I hope it helps someone else.


    Best Regards,


    Wednesday, October 05, 2011 8:44 PM
  • XenConvert will properly deal with both the OVA and give you a good VHD at the end.

    And, it handles the VMDK stream-optimized format that is contained in a VMware produced OVF / OVA package.

    VMDK2VHD has never been updated to handle the stream-optimized VMDK format.


    Brian Ehlert (hopefully you have found this useful)
    Learn. Apply. Repeat.
    Wednesday, October 05, 2011 10:18 PM