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Uploading OVF/ISO files to VMware vCloud Air from a Windows system using the OVF Tool (2142271)

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This article provides information uploading OVF/ISO files to VMware vCloud Air from a Windows system using the OVF Tool.


To upload OVF/ISO files to vCloud Air from a Windows system:
  1. Download the OVF Tool, available at My VMware.
  2. Install the OVF tool in your local machine.
  3. Copy the location path where OVF Tool is installed in Windows system.

    By default, in Windows system it located at C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware OVF Tool\

    Note: This path can vary depending on the version of Windows OS you are using.

  4. Run this command to download the file:

    OVF file

    ovftool.exe "path\mysoftware" "vcloud://vcloudairusername:password@myvcloudairendpoint?vdc=myvdc&org=myorg&vappTemplate=mytemplatename&catalog=mycatalogname" 

    ISO file

    ovftool.exe --sourceType="ISO" "path\mysoftware" "vcloud://vcloudairusername:password@vcloudairendpoint?org=myorg&vdc=myvdc&catalog=mycatalogname&media=mymedianame.iso"


    • path – Is the full path of the local OVF or ISO location you are uploading from or downloading to.

      For example, C:\media.

    • mysoftwareIs the name of the OVF or ISO file.

      For example, windowsserver2008r2-x86.iso or ubuntutemplate.ovf.

    • vcloudairusernameIs the vCloud Air user account in the user@domain format.

      For example,

    • myvcloudairendpointIs the URL endpoint location. Found in most VPC screens (like the virtual machines tab) in the link symbol on the upper right pane.

      For example,

    • myvdc – Is the Virtual Data Center name.

      For example, VDC1.

    • myorg – Is the Identifier for the vCloud Director Organization. This varies depending on the generation of VPC you are running. For more information on determining Org Identifier, see Identifying the generation of VMware vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud being used (2120464).

    • mytemplatename – Is the name that you want the OVF template to have in your catalog in vCloud Air.

      For example, WindowsServer2008R2Template.

    • mymedianame – Is the name that you want the ISO media file to have in your catalog in vCloud Air.

      For example, WindowsServer2012Standardx64.

    • mycatalogname – Is the name of the vCloud Air catalog that you are uploading the template to or downloading the template from. Most environments have a catalog pre-created called default-catalog, you can also create a catalog with a name of your choice to store templates and ISO files in.

Note: You will be prompted for your vCloud Air account password after running one the preceding command. 

Additional Information

For more information, see OVF Tool Documentation

See Also

Request a Product Feature

To request a new product feature or to provide feedback on a VMware product, please visit the Request a Product Feature page.


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