[pve-devel] Question: open virtual appliance

Andreas Steinel a.steinel at gmail.com
Wed Jan 18 18:54:39 CET 2017

Only some experience:

I was not able easily interchange simple OVA generated from VMware with OVA
generated from VirtualBox without manual intervention. If you build
something that works, that should be fine. I also tried to import OVA
exported from VMware into Xen and it also did not work, not even with their
support. Always some strange error. Whereas I never had problems importing
into Proxmox VE.

On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 12:25 PM, Emmanuel Kasper <e.kasper at proxmox.com>

> On 01/16/2017 10:14 PM, Gustaf Ankarloo wrote:
> > Are there any plans of making a import function for OVA/OVF ?
> > I know it's doable with a lot of manual tinkering
> I have this somewhere in my todo list although it is not high priority
> at the momment.
> I would like to try to following approach:
>  * extract the OVA archive (itsel a tar) to get the OVF xml manifest and
> the disk image
>  * from the OVF xml file generate a minimal vm.conf
>  * create a vma archive with the disk image and associated vm.conf using
> the vma command
>  * now you have a valid vzdump  ready to be extracted to the storage of
> your choice with the tools you know already
> stuff to be left out for first approach:
>  * ova with multiple disk images (don't know if the vma command line
> utils support that)
>  * extraneous paramaters of OVF file. The OVF spec is 40 pages long and
> allows vendor specific options via private xml namespaces. So we're not
> going to cover all of it.
> Any comments on this approach ?
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