I have a vm that I can access via vSphere Client and Remote Desktop (RDC). It is a Windows Server 2003 image. I am trying to export it locally via menu option OVF Template option. The option is unfortunately grayed out.

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In what circumstances would this occur?

The server is powered down.

Can snapshots exist?

  • 1
    What version of VMware are you using?
    – ewwhite
    Mar 25, 2013 at 18:35
  • vSphere Client 5, vCenter Server 5
    – Sun
    Mar 25, 2013 at 20:32
  • vSphere Client is a client component, vCenter Server is a management component. What hypervisor? Presumably vSphere, but what version?
    – joeqwerty
    Mar 25, 2013 at 20:44
  • My host won't grant the permissions necessary to Export OVF Template, is there another way besides obtaining permissions?
    – NotJay
    Jan 24, 2017 at 15:23

4 Answers 4


Have you tried using ovftool? It comes off as very handy to export ovf/ova


The reason I could not export is due to not having permissions (Power User not Administrator).


Enable in custom Role

If you're using a custom Role and wish to grand the ability to do "OVF Export", You need to ensure vApp -> Export is marked in your custom Role;

vApp -> Export


If you power off the VM and then the option will be available

  • 2
    OP reports server is powered down and accepted answer reports issue was permissions
    – Dave M
    Nov 22, 2015 at 17:46

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