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ESXi 4.1 - ovf howto

Piotr Kirklewski
Super Advisor

ESXi 4.1 - ovf howto

Hi there
How do I create an ovf file out of a VM that is sitting on my ESXi 4.1 home server ?
In the past i used the converter but then I was with the Workstation to ESXi conversion.
Now I need to transfer a VM from one ESXi 4.1 to another ESXi or to any other hypervisor.

I tried this:

$ovftool "vi://root@192.168.X.XXX?ds=[datastore1]test-vm/test-vm.vmx" /home/ovfs/test1.ovf

But it returns the following error:

Error: Datacenter object not found

I should probably mention my ESXi 4.1 is a standalone and not licenced server (No Vsphere).
It's just a home machine.


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Jan Soska
Honored Contributor

Re: ESXi 4.1 - ovf howto

Hello Piotr,
here is mentioned using vmware client for creating ovf file. Lets check it.