I have VMWare deployment package with the extension
.ova (Open Virtual Appliance, standard format for virtual machines).
It contains my virtual machines.
I would like to switch from VMWare to Parallels Desktop.
Can I use the same package (
.ova) for deploying VMWare to Parallels Desktop. or it should be converted?
.ova is an archive. It usually contains description file (
.ovf) a manifest file (
.mf), and virtual machine disk files (
Currently, conversion directly from
ova/ovf is not supported by Parallels Desktop.
What needs to done in this particular case:
Download the ovftool from VMWare official site and install it on your computer.
Once this is done, you can convert the
Run Terminal (
/Finder/Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app) and execute the command:
/Applications/VMware\ OVF\ Tool/ovftool --lax VM_NAME.ova exploit.vmx
NOTE: You need to specify the exact path to .ova file instead of "VM_NAME.ova".
The best way is to simply Drag'n'Drop this file in Terminal window after enterning
- (There should be a space between
Now, you have a
.vmxfile that you can open and convert to Parallels Desktop virtual machine (.pvm):
Please make sure you deleted previous tools from your virtual machine (old Parallels Tools or VMware tools, etc.)
Fully Shut down your virtual machine - do not suspend the virtual machine and do not put it in hibernate mode.
Open Parallels Desktop (in the Applications folder) and choose File > Open.
- Select the
.vmxfile you want to import, then click Open.
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