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Importing an Open Virtualization Format (OVF) virtual appliance fails with the error: Exception of type 'System.OutOfMemoryException' (1020180)

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  • Importing an Open Virtualization Format (OVF) virtual appliance fails
  • You see the error:

    An error occurred while parsing the OVF descriptor : Exception of type 'System.OutOfMemoryException' was thrown.


To successfully import the OVF virtual appliance, use OVF Tool. You can download OVF Tool at

VMware OVF Tool is a command-line utility that enables a user to import and export OVF packages to and from a wide variety of VMware products. OVF Tool 1.0 supports OVF version 1.0 and is backward compatible with OVF 0.9.

For more information about the OVF Tool, see OVF Tool documentation.

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