Convert OVA to OVF

If your virtual server cannot open OVA files, which by the way are just zips of OVF files, you just need to simply extract the OVF content. There are two ways in which you can do this both detailed below:

Tar Command

Open a command prompt and run tar -xvf nervepoint-1.1-R8-esxi.ova
You can also use a GUI tool like winrar in Windows to do the same

Using vmware ovftool

Download from, http://communities.vmware.com/community/developer/forums/ovf.
Once installed simply run

ovftool -st=OVA -tt=OVF nervepoint-1.1-R8-esxi.ova  

The latest VMWare player, Virtualbox and ESXi 4.x can all open OVA files.

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