Some great helpers here have shown me the VMWare OVF tool for template deployment. My problem is that the tool itself stops at the "Disk Transfer Completed" step half the time I use it. This seems to be random, and when it happens I have to terminate OVFTool and start the transfer over again. The second attempt usually succeeds.
Is there something I have broken on the server that might affect this? I'm using the free edition of ESXi 4.0.
EDIT: This is how ovftool is being run:
@echo off echo Enter the server from which to backup: set /p Server= echo Enter the path of the VM: set /p VmPath= echo Enter the username with which to login to Virtual Infrastructure: set /p User= echo Enter the password with which to login to Virtual Infrastructure: set /p Password= cls cd "%programfiles(x86)%\vmware\vmware ovf tool" mkdir "C:\vmbackup\%vmPath%" ovftool.exe --acceptAllEulas --chunkSize=4480mb --diskMode=monolithicSparse "vi://%user%:%password%@%server%/%vmPath%" "C:\vmbackup\%vmPath%\%vmPath:\\=|%.ovf" pause