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.OVA file

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    Hi all,

     

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

    How I can do that ?!

     

    Thanks,

    Shahed

    Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:25 PM

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  • 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: http://itproctology.blogspot.com/2009/05/ovf-and-ova-dilemma.html

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


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

    http://vmToolkit.com

    but here is the result ...

     

     

    Do you have any idea that where is the problem ?

     

    One again I appreciate your time in advance.

    Regards,

    Shahed

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

     

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

     

    OVA and Hyper V

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverhyperv/thread/4c0ff045-58ca-427f-b8c9-45283a3d8534

     

     

    Best Regards,

    Vincent Hu

     

    Friday, September 23, 2011 3:02 AM
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    Dear All

     

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

     

    Regards,

    Shahed

     

     

    Thursday, September 29, 2011 5:43 PM
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    Dear All

     

    XenConvert solved my issue.

    I hope it helps someone else.

     

    Best Regards,

    Shahed

    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) http://ITProctology.blogspot.com
    Learn. Apply. Repeat.
    Wednesday, October 05, 2011 10:18 PM