You can deploy an OVF template from a local file system accessible to the vSphere Client machine, or from a web URL.


To import a virtual machine that was created by another VMware product and is not in OVF format, use the VMware vCenter Converter client plug-in. See the vCenter Converter Administration Guide for more information.


In the vSphere Client, select File > Deploy OVF Template.

The Deploy OVF Template wizard appears.


Specify the source location and click Next.



Deploy from File

Browse your file system for an OVF or OVA template.

Deploy from URL

Specify a URL to an OVF template located on the internet. Example:


View the OVF Template Details page and click Next.


If license agreements are packaged with the OVF template, the End User License Agreement page appears. Agree to accept the terms of the licenses and click Next.


(Optional) Edit the name and select the folder location within the inventory where the vApp will reside, and click Next.


When the vSphere Client is connected directly to an ESX/ESXi host, the option to select the folder location does not appear.


Select the deployment configuration from the drop-down menu and click Next.

The option selected typically controls the memory settings, number of CPUs and reservations, and application-level configuration parameters.


This page appears only if the OVF template contains deployment options.


Select the host or cluster on which you want to deploy the OVF template and click Next.


Select the host on which you want to run the deployed OVF template, and click Next.


This page appears only if the destination is a resource pool associated with a cluster with DRS disabled or in manual mode.


Navigate to, and select the resource pool where you want to run the OVF template and click Next.


This page appears only if the cluster contains a resource pool.


Select a datastore to store the deployed OVF template, and click Next.

Datastores are a unifying abstraction for storage locations such as Fibre Channel, iSCSI LUNs, or NAS volumes. On this page, you select from datastores already configured on the destination cluster or host. The virtual machine configuration file and virtual disk files are stored on the datastore. Select a datastore large enough to accommodate the virtual machine and all of its virtual disk files.


Select the disk format to store the virtual machine virtual disks, and click Next.



Thin Provisioned

The storage is allocated on demand as data is written to the virtual disks.

Thick Provisioned

All storage is immediately allocated.


For each network specified in the OVF template, select a network by right-clicking the Destination Network column in your infrastructure to set up the network mapping and click Next.


On the IP Allocation page, configure how IP addresses are allocated for the virtual appliance and click Next.




You will be prompted to enter the IP addresses in the Appliance Properties page.


IP addresses are allocated from a specified range when the appliance is powered on. The IP addresses are released when the appliance is powered off.


A DHCP server is used to allocate the IP addresses.

This page does not appear if the deployed OVF template does not contain information about the IP scheme it supports.


Set the user-configurable properties and click Next.

The set of properties that you are prompted to enter depend on the selected IP allocation scheme. For example, you are prompted for IP related information for the deployed virtual machines only in the case of a fixed IP allocation scheme.


Review your settings and click Finish.

The progress of the import task appears in the vSphere Client Status panel.