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How to Deploy a VM from an OVF on ESXi 6.7

Virtualization ESXi

This tutorial will show you how to import an OVF onto an ESXi 6.7 host using the web client.

Introduction

In a previous post, I wrote how to export an ESXi 6.7 virtual machine as an OVF. This tutorial will show you how to import an OVF onto an ESXi host.

Login to the ESXi Host

First of all, login to the web management interface of the ESXi 6.7 host by typing the IP address into a web browser.

ESXi 6.7 Login Screen

Deploy a VM from an OVF

Right click Virtual Machines then click Create/Register VM.

Deploy VM from OVF - Step 1

Select Deploy a virtual machine from an OVF or OVA file then click Next.

Deploy VM from OVF - Step 2 Give the virtual machine a name then click Click to select files or drag/drop.

Locate the *.ovf and *.vmdk files that make up your VM, select them.

Deploy VM from OVF - Step 3

All the files should be listed, now click Next.

Deploy VM from OVF - Step 4

Select a datastore to store the virtual machine on, then click Next.

Deploy VM from OVF - Step 5

Select a port group to map to the VMs networks then click Next.

Deploy VM from OVF - Step 6

Click Finish to start deploying the VM.

Deploy VM from OVF - Step 7

Wait for the VM to finish deploying. You can see the progress of the files being copied in the recent tasks pane.

Deploy VM from OVF - Step 8

Once finished, the VM should power on.

Deploy VM from OVF - Step 9

Conclusion

This guide showed how easy it is to deploy virtual machines from OVF files on ESXi 6.7. In this guide, we used the web client of the ESXi host, which is useful for hosts not managed by vCenter.

Written by: Tony Mackay