Open Virtualization Format Specification

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    Document Number: DSP0243

    Date: 2010-01-12

    Version: 1.1.0

    Open Virtualization Format Specification

    Document Type: Specification

    Document Status: DMTF Standard

    Document Language: E

  • Open Virtualization Format Specification DSP0243

    2 DMTF Standard Version 1.1.0

    Copyright notice 9

    Copyright 2010 Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. (DMTF). All rights reserved. 10

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  • DSP0243 Open Virtualization Format Specification

    Version 1.1.0 DMTF Standard 3

    CONTENTS 31

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    Foreword ....................................................................................................................................................... 5 Introduction ................................................................................................................................................... 6 1 Scope .................................................................................................................................................... 7 2 Normative References........................................................................................................................... 7 3 Terms and Definitions ........................................................................................................................... 8 4 Symbols and Abbreviated Terms ........................................................................................................ 10 5 OVF Packages .................................................................................................................................... 10

    5.1 OVF Package Structure............................................................................................................ 10 5.2 Virtual Disk Formats.................................................................................................................. 12 5.3 Distribution as a Single File ...................................................................................................... 12 5.4 Distribution as a Set of Files ..................................................................................................... 13

    6 OVF Descriptor.................................................................................................................................... 13 7 Envelope Element ............................................................................................................................... 14

    7.1 File References......................................................................................................................... 15 7.2 Content Element ....................................................................................................................... 16 7.3 Extensibility ............................................................................................................................... 17 7.4 Conformance ............................................................................................................................ 18

    8 Virtual Hardware Description............................................................................................................... 19 8.1 VirtualHardwareSection ............................................................................................................ 19 8.2 Extensibility ............................................................................................................................... 20 8.3 Virtual Hardware Elements ....................................................................................................... 20 8.4 Ranges on Elements................................................................................................................. 22

    9 Core Metadata Sections...................................................................................................................... 24 9.1 DiskSection ............................................................................................................................... 25 9.2 NetworkSection......................................................................................................................... 26 9.3 ResourceAllocationSection....................................................................................................... 26 9.4 AnnotationSection..................................................................................................................... 27 9.5 ProductSection.......................................................................................................................... 27 9.6 EulaSection............................................................................................................................... 30 9.7 StartupSection .......................................................................................................................... 31 9.8 DeploymentOptionSection ........................................................................................................ 32 9.9 OperatingSystemSection .......................................................................................................... 34 9.10 InstallSection............................................................................................................................. 34

    10 Internationalization .............................................................................................................................. 34 11 OVF Environment................................................................................................................................ 36

    11.1 Environment Document ............................................................................................................ 36 11.2 Transport................................................................................................................................... 38

    ANNEX A (informative) Symbols and Conventions ................................................................................... 39 ANNEX B (informative) Change Log.......................................................................................................... 40 ANNEX C (normative) OVF XSD ............................................................................................................... 41 Bibliography ................................................................................................................................................ 42

  • Open Virtualization Format Specification DSP0243

    4 DMTF Standard Version 1.1.0

    Tables 74

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    Table 1 XML Namespace Prefixes .......................................................................................................... 13 Table 2 Actions for Child Elements with ovf:required Attribute......................................................... 20 Table 3 HostResource Element ............................................................................................................... 21 Table 4 Elements for Virtual Devices and Controllers ............................................................................. 22 Table 5 Core Metadata Sections ............................................................................................................. 24 Table 6 Property Types............................................................................................................................ 30 Table 7 Property Qualifiers ...................................................................................................................... 30 Tab