TurnKey Linux Virtual Appliance Library

VM File Server ovf file shows error on line 9 when importing to ESX

Hi, I was going to have a look at the File Server and I tried to import the ovf file into ESX however it said there was an invalid entry on line 9 I believe.   Thanks.

Liraz Siri's picture

Known issue, looking for a solution

You're probably using vSphere (ESX 4)? There's an issue open about this: https://bugs.launchpad.net/turnkeylinux/+bug/492608

I think it should be possible to use ovftool to convert the ovf to work. I don't have ESX installed locally so it would help if someone from the community helped us resolve this.

Possible Process to solve problem

Hi,

In trying to deploy a DRUPAL6 appliance, I found this same problem, here's how I got around it:

 

1. Download the OVF tool from VMWare

2. Run like so (OVF -> VMX):

E:\OVF Templates\drupal6\new>ovftool ../turnkey-drupal6-2009.10-hardy-x86.ovf .
Opening OVF source: ..\turnkey-drupal6-2009.10-hardy-x86.ovf
Warning: No manifest file
Opening VMX target: .
Target: turnkey-drupal6-2009.10-hardy-x86\turnkey-drupal6-2009.10-hardy-x86.vmx
Disk Transfer Completed
Completed successfully

E:\OVF Templates\drupal6\new>

 

3. Run VMWare Converter, pickup the new VMX file (VMWare Workstation format) and deploy for ESXi 4 - This converted the VMDK's and worked like a charm.

 

Liraz Siri's picture

Maybe you don't need to use OVFTool then?

Thanks for posting this workaround. Note that the VM builds already contain a VMDK HD image + VMX file that seems to work perfect with VMWare player, VMWare Workstation and VMWare server.

Is it possible you could skip to step 3 and use VMWare converter directly? Worth a try...

Converter Worked

Just to follow through, simply running VMWARE converter worked, and created the operational Turnkey Wordpress machine in my VMWARE vCenter infrastructure.

VMware Converter no go

I've run into the same problem with the OVF not importing into vSphere 4 and just tried using the VMWare vCenter Converter standalone client, but it also gives an error that it's unable to parse the OVF file.

Think I'll just use the ISO instead to install.

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