Understanding the Open Virtualization Format OVA Template Method

The vGW Series leverages the Open Virtualization Format (OVF) standard for packaging and delivering virtual machines. The OVF supports industry-standard content verification and integrity checking, and provides a basic scheme for managing software licensing. As described by the standard, OVF defines an "open, secure, portable, efficient and extensible format for the packaging and distribution of software to be run in virtual machines." The standard also supports the OVA template method of packaging and distributing software in a single archive. The vGW Series uses OVA to deliver a single file containing both vGW Series components. You use the vSphere 4.x client to load the OVA file.

You can use OVA to deploy the vGW Series VMs in the following ways:

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