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Is there a way to convert an VMDK to OVF?

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The VMDK file is the actual virtual disk, an ovf file is just a settings file (plain text), that VMWare products (like ESXi Server) and other virtualization software (like Virtualbox) can use when importing the VM.

You may have an existing settings file (like a .vmx) which you can convert into ovf format using VMware's tool 'ovftool': http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere/automationtools/ovf

There's quite a lot of options, which are detailed here in the user guide: http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/ovf/ovf20/ovftool_201_userguide.pdf

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