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a script that can help import VMs into VMware ESXi from VirtualBox. tested vbox 4.2.18 and ESXi 5.1.
#!/usr/bin/env python
#
# usage:
# conv2vmx-ovf.py some-vm.ovf
#
# ref: http://www.cnblogs.com/eshizhan/p/3332020.html
#
import sys
fn = sys.argv[1]
fp = open(fn).read()
if hasattr(fp,'decode'):
fp = fp.decode('utf-8')
fp = fp.replace('<OperatingSystemSection ovf:id="80">', '<OperatingSystemSection ovf:id="101">')
fp = fp.replace('<vssd:VirtualSystemType>virtualbox-2.2', '<vssd:VirtualSystemType>vmx-7')
fp = fp.replace('<rasd:Caption>sataController', '<rasd:Caption>scsiController')
fp = fp.replace('<rasd:Description>SATA Controller', '<rasd:Description>SCSI Controller')
fp = fp.replace('<rasd:ElementName>sataController', '<rasd:ElementName>scsiController')
fp = fp.replace('<rasd:ResourceSubType>AHCI', '<rasd:ResourceSubType>lsilogic')
fp = fp.replace('<rasd:ResourceType>20', '<rasd:ResourceType>6')
end = fp.find('<rasd:Caption>sound')
start = fp.rfind('<Item>', 0, end)
fp = fp[:start] + '<Item ovf:required="false">' + fp[start+len('<Item>'):]
nfp = open('vmx_' + fn, 'wb')
nfp.write(fp.encode('utf8'))
nfp.close()
@eshizhan
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eshizhan commented Apr 25, 2014

Supportting Python 2.x and 3.x now.

@Low351
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Low351 commented Mar 3, 2015

Thanks eshizhan, this script helped me :) I used python 2.7.8 on Cygwin.

obtim, I realize your post is old but as information for anyone who follow, to work with the .ovf files simply untar the .ova and retar it.

create a new directory and untar the .ova file to it (all this was done in Cygwin but should work on any 'nix)

$ mkdir workdir
$ tar xvf filename.ova -C workdir
$ cd workdir
$ conv2vmx-ovf.py filename.ovf
$ mv vmx_filename.ovf filename.ovf
$ tar cvf filename.ova *

and now you should have a fixed .ova file in workdir

@fxpester
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fxpester commented Apr 1, 2015

works like a charm on Mac OS X and CentOS

@dandye
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dandye commented Apr 1, 2015

Another issue is the order of the RASD fields:

"The DMTF RASD specifies a set of fields that can be set. We only a subset of those fields in an OVF descriptor. The fields in a RASD must be ordered alphabetically."[1]

[1] http://blogs.vmware.com/vapp/2009/11/virtual-hardware-in-ovf-part-1.html

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tobia commented Jul 10, 2015

Many thanks.

Works like a charm to import the free IE 7/8/9/10/11 Virtual machines from Microsoft into a VMWare vSphere 5.

Just download and unpack the RAR (you can use any RAR utility on the .sfx) then unpack the OVA using a TAR utility, run this script on the OVF, and import the converted OVF into vSphere Client (File > Deploy OVF Template)

@gotvach
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gotvach commented Aug 6, 2015

It really helped me out today for importing into vSphere 5.1. Thanks for sharing this!

@nbolton
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nbolton commented Mar 3, 2016

C:\Users\Nick\Documents>conv2vmx-ovf.py ws1-vm1.ova
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\Users\Nick\Documents\conv2vmx-ovf.py", line 13, in <module>
    fp = fp.decode('utf-8')
  File "C:\Python26\lib\encodings\utf_8.py", line 16, in decode
    return codecs.utf_8_decode(input, errors, True)
UnicodeDecodeError: 'utf8' codec can't decode byte 0x80 in position 13948: inval
id start byte

@nbolton
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nbolton commented Mar 3, 2016

Ah, terrible UI...

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@Drx51
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Drx51 commented Apr 10, 2017

Hy nbolton, How to fix your error you've got above ?

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