3.4.3.13 Export to Virtual Appliance

Exporting a virtual appliance lets you reuse virtual machines with other instances of Oracle VM, or with other virtualization environments that support the Open Virtualization Format (OVA).

You can export one or more virtual machines to a virtual appliance. Exporting a virtual machine to a virtual appliance creates an OVA file in the storage repository. The OVA file contains the virtual disk file(s) in VMDK format, an OVF file that holds the virtual machine(s) configuration, and other files such as a manifest and certificate.

To export to a virtual appliance:

  1. Click the Servers and VMs tab. Select the server pool on which the virtual machine resides in the navigation tree. Select Virtual Machines from the Perspective drop-down list.

  2. Make sure each virtual machine to export is in the Stopped state.

    See Section 3.5.2.4, “Stop Virtual Machines” for more information on stopping virtual machines.

  3. Select the virtual machine(s) to export in the management pane, and click Export to Virtual Appliance Export to Virtual Appliance icon .

  4. The Export Virtual Machine(s) to Virtual Appliance dialog box is displayed.

    This figure shows the Export Virtual Machine(s) to Virtual Appliance dialog box.

    Specify a name for the virtual appliance in the Virtual Appliance Name field and select the storage repository to which you want to save the virtual appliance from the Destination Repository menu and then click OK.

The virtual appliance is exported to the storage repository.