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I have created an OVA file from VirtualBox 4.2.12, and someone tried to import this ova file into VMWare ESX 4. When he was doing so, VMWare ESX 4 promopted:

Line 25: Unsupported hardware family 'virtualbox-2.2'.

I assumed that the OVA file can be universally imported into VirtualBox, VMWare Workstation and VMWare ESX, but now it turned out not the case.

Now, step back a little, I want to know: Is it possible to create from VirtualBox VM, an OVA or OVF file that can be imported into all of the following product without error?

  1. VMware Workstation 6 or above?
  2. VMware ESX 4 or above?
  3. VirtualBox 4.2.12 or above?
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why are you using such old versions? they're bound to impact on portability options. –  Chopper3 Sep 5 '13 at 7:47
I have checked the closed question serverfault.com/questions/448056/… , and not sure if there are better answers, so I started another question. –  PIM Geek Sep 5 '13 at 7:48
@Chopper3, which version of VirtualBox do you suggest I use? –  PIM Geek Sep 5 '13 at 7:49
Something Like isn't really good enough; messages are there for a reason. I think Chopper3 is referring to the old version of ESX not VB. –  Iain Sep 5 '13 at 7:53
I will verify that information, thanks for your help! –  PIM Geek Sep 5 '13 at 7:56
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There is an article on VMware knowledge base trying to explain a similar issue but on ESXi 5.x.

Try to modify the XML manifest of your OVA/OVF appliance:

  1. Open the OVA/OVF file in some editor
  2. Search for the XML Tag <VirtualSystemType>virtualbox2.2</VirtualSystemType>
  3. As you want to import it to ESX 4, replace the string virtualbox2.2 with vmx-06
  4. Try import again
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I need to verify the method, and then I can accept the answer. :) –  PIM Geek Sep 5 '13 at 10:23
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