How to Export an OVF Template from vSphere webclient

An OVF template captures the state of a virtual machine or vApp into a self-contained package. The disk files are stored in a compressed format. This feature can be used when we are migrating the Datacenters or any geographical movements. Exported VM format can be easily uploaded to web server or an USB which makes it easy to use during further deployments. Export operation can be done from HTML client as well as web client.

Permissions Required:



Power off the virtual machine or any virtual appliance.

Procedure to Export:

  • From the Actions menu in the vSphere Web Client, navigate to a virtual machine or vApp and select Export OVF Template.
  • In the Name field, type the name of the template. For example, type TestVM.

          Note When you export an OVF template with a name that contains asterisk (*) characters, those characters turn into underscore (_)               characters.

  • Click Choose to browse to the folder location where you want to save the template.
  • Click Overwrite existing files to overwrite files with the same name in that folder.
  • In the Format field, determine how you want to store the files.
  • In Select Folder of files (OVF) to store the OVF template as a set of files (.ovf, .vmdk, and .mf).
  • Use this format if you plan to publish the OVF files on a Web server or image library. You can import the package, for example into the vSphere Web Client by specifying the URL to the OVF file.
  • In Select Single file (OVA) to package the OVF template into a single .ova file. Use this format if the OVF template will be downloaded from a Web site or moved around using a USB key.
  • (Optional) In the Annotation field, type a description.


  • Select the Enable advanced options checkbox if you want to include BIOS UUID, MAC address, or extra configuration information in the exported template. These options limit portability.


  • Click OK.


If you choose to export into the OVA format, and type TestVM, the file “C:\TestVM.ova” is created.



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