Import OVF with PowerCLI

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Steps on how to import OVF with PowerCLI to VMware ESXi 6.7 Host

Import OVF with PowerCLI to ESXi 6.7 Host

Download and install VMware OVF Tool for Windows 64-bit

Convert the OVA file which is the zip file for all all *.ovf and *.vmdk files to OVF with ovftool.exe

Import-vApp Invalid URI: The hostname could not be parsed

We try to import the OVA file with import-vapp, but it just failed with Import-vApp Invalid URI: The hostname could not be parsed

Import-VApp -Name $Name -Datastore $DataStore -VMHost $VMHost -Source $OVF -DiskStorageFormat Thin

Import-VApp        Invalid URI: The hostname could not be parsed.

Convert OVA to OVF

Convert the OVA to OVF with ovftool.exe

#Import OVF
$Name = "ArubaMM"
$DataStore = "NUC2-240"
$VMHost = (Get-VMHost -Name "")
$OVA = "C:\Temp\Aruba WIFI\ArubaOS_MM_8.6.0.2-FIPS_73854.ova"
$OVF = "C:\Temp\Aruba WIFI\ArubaOS_MM_8.6.0.2-FIPS_73854.ovf"

#Convert OVA to OVF 
Set-Location “C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware OVF Tool”
.\ovftool.exe $OVA $OVF

Opening OVA source: C:\Temp\Aruba WIFI\ArubaOS_MM_8.6.0.2-FIPS_73854.ova
The manifest validates
Opening OVF target: C:\Temp\Aruba WIFI\ArubaOS_MM_8.6.0.2-FIPS_73854.ovf
Writing OVF package: C:\Temp\Aruba WIFI\ArubaOS_MM_8.6.0.2-FIPS_73854.ovf
Transfer Completed
Completed successfully

Import OVF with Import-vApp

Import the OVF to ESXi Host with **Thin Provisioning

Import-VApp -Name $Name -Datastore $DataStore -VMHost $VMHost -Source $OVF -DiskStorageFormat Thin

Name                 PowerState Num CPUs MemoryGB
----                 ---------- -------- --------
ArubaMM              PoweredOff 6        8.000
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