Deploy A VM using OVFtool

with vCenter 6.5 the OVF Deployments via the web client  (network traffic) will need to go via the vCenter. This is an expected behavior.

However, this can be worked around by using the OVF tool for deployment.  But I must advise that a small portion of bandwidth is used to send metadata information from the client PC to the vCenter.

Here’s a sample command:


ovftool -ds=”datastore” -n=”VM_Name” -–net:”VM _old_Network”=”VM Network”  c:\path_to_ovf\file.ovf vi://administrator@vsphere.local:password@vCenter_server_name?ip=Esxi_Host_IP



ovftool -ds=”datastore” -n=”VMName” -–net:”VM Network”=”VM Network”  C:\Users\ntitta\Downloads\myth.ovf vi://

VM Network = the vmnetwork of the ovf at the time of export

If you are not too sure of the original network, Run the below to query:
C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware OVF Tool>ovftool C:\Users\ntitta\Downloads\myth.ovf
OVF version:   1.0
VirtualApp:    false
Name:          myth

Download Size:  Unknown

Deployment Sizes:
Flat disks:   16.00 GB
Sparse disks: Unknown

Name:        VM Network
Description: The VM Network network

Virtual Machines:
Name:               myth
Operating System:   ubuntu64guest
Virtual Hardware:
Families:         vmx-13
Number of CPUs:   2
Cores per socket: 1
Memory:           1024.00 MB

Index:          0
Instance ID:    5
Capacity:       16.00 GB
Disk Types:     SCSI-lsilogic

Adapter Type:   VmxNet3
Connection:     VM Network

Link to download OVFtool

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