How To Import OVF Virtual Machine On VMware Fusion
How To Import OVF Virtual Machine On VMware Fusion
March 29, 2020

Sometimes, we might be required to import an existing virtual machine to the VMware Fusion installed on the Mac machine. This tutorial provides the steps required to import an Ubuntu 18.04 Open Virtualization Format (OVF) 1.0 virtual machine to VMware Fusion 15 installed on macOS High Sierra. The steps should be the same for other versions of the macOS.

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The default screen of the VMware Fusion should be the same as shown in Fig 1. I have removed other virtual machines for demonstration purposes.

VMware Fusion - Home

Fig 1

Import Virtual Machine

In this step, we will import the Ubuntu 18.04 Open Virtualization Format (OVF) 1.0 virtual machine exported by VirtualBox on Windows 10. You can follow How To Export Virtual Machine On VirtualBox To OVF to get the steps required to generate the OVF virtual machine.

Now click the Plus Icon at the top of VMware Fusion. It shows the possible options as shown in Fig 2.

VMware Fusion - Import

Fig 2

Click the Import Option to start importing the virtual machine. It shows the possible options as shown in Fig 3.

VMware Fusion - Import Virtual Machine - Choose

Fig 3

Click the Choose File Button to browse the virtual machine as shown in Fig 4.

VMware Fusion - Import Virtual Machine - Choose

Fig 4

Now select the virtual machine and click the Open Button to choose the virtual machine. It will add the Virtual Machine to the import list as shown in Fig 5.

VMware Fusion - Import Virtual Machine - Choose

Fig 5

Now click Continue Button to choose the name and location of the imported virtual machine as shown in Fig 6.

VMware Fusion - Import Virtual Machine - Save

Fig 6

Click Save Button to start importing the selected virtual machine. It might show a warning message to retry as shown in Fig 7.

VMware Fusion - Import Virtual Machine - Import

Fig 7

Click the Retry Button to relax OVF specifications. It will show the import progress as shown in Fig 8.

VMware Fusion - Import Virtual Machine - Progress

Fig 8

It will show the Finish Screen with virtual machine details after completing the import process as shown in Fig 9.

VMware Fusion - Import Virtual Machine - Finish

Fig 9

Now click the Finish Button to finalize the import. It will add the virtual machine to the VMware Fusion library as shown in Fig 10.

Play Virtual Machine

Now right-click the virtual machine to view the possible options as shown in Fig 10.

VMware Fusion - Library

Fig 10

Click the Start Up Option as highlighted in Fig 10 to play the selected virtual machine. It will ask to upgrade the virtual machine as shown in Fig 11.

VMware Fusion - Play

Fig 11

The upgrade option didn't work for the virtual machine imported by me. Hence, I have followed all the steps to import the same virtual machine. This time, I have selected Don't Upgrade Option and it went fine. It will show the boot progress and the Login Screen as shown in Fig 12, Fig 13, Fig 14, Fig 15, and Fig 16.

VMware Fusion - Play

Fig 12

VMware Fusion - Play

Fig 13

VMware Fusion - Play

Fig 14

VMware Fusion - Play

Fig 15

VMware Fusion - Play

Fig 16

We can use the same credentials as we used on the virtual machine before exporting it. It will show the Ubuntu Desktop after login success as shown in Fig 17.

Vmware Fusion - Import - Full Screen

Fig 17

I have also maximized the virtual machine. It does not cover the entire screen and the UI is blurry as shown in Fig 18. We need to install VMware Tools to fix it.

Install VMware Tools

In this step, we will install VMware Tools on the Ubuntu 18.04 virtual machine imported by us in the previous step. You can also follow How To Install Windows On Mac Using VMware Fusion - Part 2 to install VMware Tools on Windows 10.

Open the terminal and use the below-mentioned commands to install VMware Tools on Ubuntu.

# Refresh Packages
sudo apt-get update

# Install VMware Tools
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools

# Install VMware Tools for Desktop
sudo apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop

The sample output of the above commands is shown in Fig 18, Fig 19, and Fig 20.

Vmware Fusion - Ubuntu - VMware Tools

Fig 18

Vmware Fusion - Ubuntu - VMware Tools

Fig 19

Vmware Fusion - Ubuntu - VMware Tools

Fig 20

Now close the terminal. Power Off the virtual machine and again start it. The blurry screen should be clear and it will occupy the entire screen of the virtual machine on maximizing the window as shown in Fig 21.

Vmware Fusion - Ubuntu - Desktop

Fig 21

Apart from the UI, VMware tools also add several other utilities including networking for optimal performance. Now we can do regular operations like suspending, power off, resuming and starting the virtual machine imported by us.

VMware Fusion - Suspend

Fig 22

Summary

This tutorial provided all the steps required to import an existing virtual machine in Open Virtualization Format (OVF) to the VMware Fusion installed on the Mac machine. It also provided the steps to install the VMware Tools in the last section.

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