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Simulator deployment fix for vCenter 6.5

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When you deploy the ONTAP 9.1 simulator OVA to a vCenter 6.5 environment via the vCenter web client, you will see this error:

OVF package with compressed disks is currently not supported for OVF import.

This is a known issue found in the vCenter 6.5 release notes:

http://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/vsphere/65/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-server-65-release-notes.html

 

The workaround is to repackage the OVA without compressing the disks.  This is a one-liner with ovftool:

ovftool vsim-esx-DOT9.1-cm.ova vsim-esx-DOT9.1-cm-fixed.ova

This fixed version should deploy without the compressed disks error.

 

You can get ovftool from vmware as a standalone install here:

https://my.vmware.com/group/vmware/details?downloadGroup=OVFTOOL420&productId=491

 

Or you can use the one bundled with VMware Fusion or VMware Workstation.

/Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Library/VMware OVF Tool/ovftool
C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\OVFTool\ovftool.exe

 

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