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What is OVA & OVF Files ?

OVF & OVA both are virtualization file format’s. Which are used to export & import virtual machines from one server to another. It can be used in VMware, Virtual Box & RHEL virtualization.

OVF:-
OVF stands for Open virtualization Format used for pack & distribute virtual appliances or virtual machines.OVF package contains multiple files into one directory. one is the description file (.ovf), VM state files such as *.vmdk or *.vhd & manifest file.

OVA:-
OVA stands for Open virtualization Appliance. It is only a single file which contains all the files of ovf into single file called ova.It is an tar or zip archive of all the files into one directory.

Which is Better :-
You can consider OVA is better because you have to transfer or send only 1 file that is ova instead of multiple files in ovf.

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Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 2 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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