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PowerCLI Cookbook by Philip Sellers

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Importing a virtual appliance from OVA

Not all virtual machines have to be built from scratch or built from a template that you've created in-house. Many virtual machines are distributed in appliance form using the OVA and OVF formats. OVA is a single file that contains all of the details and virtual disk information for a virtual machine.

OVF is a set of files that contains specifications and the data disks for a virtual machine. These two formats allow vendors to create pre-defined copies of their application and easily distribute them for use.

Importing a virtual appliance from PowerCLI is actually a pretty simple task to accomplish, but it does come with a bit of risk. Not all virtual appliances are created in a way such that importing them ...

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