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Starting with vSphere 6.5 you have some limitations with OVF format. For example you cannot export in OVA format anymore.

Note that you can still import in OVF or OVA. But you may have also some issues in OVF import.

The deployment fails after upgrading to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 U1and you you see an error similar to:

This version of vCenter Server does not support Deploy OVF Template using this version of vSphere Web Client. To Deploy OVF Template, login with version of vSphere Web Client.

Note that this issue has been resolved in VMware vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1d , available at VMware Downloads.
To work around this issue:
  1. Connect to the vCenter Server Appliance with an SSH session and root credentials.
  2. Run this command to enable access the Bash shell:

    shell.set –enabled true

  3. Type shell and press Enter.
  4. Navigate to /etc/vmware-content-library/config/ with this command:

    cd /etc/vmware-content-library/config/

  5. Create a backup of the and file with these commands:



  6. Rename to


  7. Restart the Content Library service:

    service-control –stop vmware-content-library;service-control –start vmware-content-library

  8. Refresh the vSphere Web Client browser Window.

For more information see VMware KB 2151085 (OVF deployment fails after upgrading to vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 U1).


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