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I've received an .OVA file and I need to be aple to open/parse it.

When I try to open it with VMware player, I get the following error:

"Failed to open virtual machine: Failed to query source for information."

When I try to open it with the Converter standalone client I get:

"Unable to parse the OVF file"

The extension can be OVF or OVA so I did choose the right file tipe from the open file dialog.

If anyone had similar experience and solved it, please let me know. Thanks.

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Have you tried unzipping the .OVA into an .OVF?

edit - found THIS, quite useful.

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ovf at times is a tar archive as well. You may try to tar xvf the file. Thanks for the answer it pointed me in the correct direction – chrislovecnm Jun 12 '14 at 21:04

Question is >6 month old, but as I had the same problem; here is my solution:

Convert the .ova file to an .vmx with the VMWare ovftool:

The converted .vmx file can be executed with VMWare Player.

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Two years on, this problem is still happening (even with brand-new VMWare appliances), and ovftool is still the solution. – John Murphy Nov 8 '13 at 22:20

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