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Common OVF Tool

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COT (the Common OVF Tool) is a tool for editing Open Virtualization Format (.ovf, .ova) virtual appliances, with a focus on virtualized network appliances such as the Cisco CSR 1000V and Cisco IOS XRv platforms.

COT’s capabilities include:

  • Add a disk or other file to an OVF/OVA

  • Edit OVF hardware information (CPUs, RAM, NICs, configuration profiles, etc.)

  • Edit product description information in an OVF/OVA

  • Edit OVF environment properties

  • Display a descriptive summary of the contents of an OVA or OVF package

  • Embed a bootstrap configuration text file into an OVF/OVA.

  • Remove files and disks from an OVF or OVA package

  • Deploy an OVF/OVA to an ESXi (VMware vSphere or vCenter) server to provision a new virtual machine (VM), including serial port configuration as needed.

For more information, refer to the documentation.

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