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Add Import/Export OVA

Add the possibility to import/export OVA and any other Open Virtualization files.

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  • Zoran Lovric commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    When it comes to OVA/OVF import, which of the following two options would provide more value:
    1. Import to a running VM instance
    2. Import to a machine image (disks + instance details)?

    In case option 2. is preferred, would option 1. still provide any value to you?

  • Sherry Li commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi, we start the effort and will share an update as soon as it reaches Alpha release.

  • Shu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any updates on this? This is a really important feature and considering AWS has been supporting this for a while it's not really an impossible request

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You can export images to vmdk, vhdx, vpc, vdi, and qcow2

    gcloud compute images export - export a Google Compute Engine image
    gcloud compute images export --destination-uri=DESTINATION_URI (--image=IMAGE | --image-family=IMAGE_FAMILY) [--async] [--export-format=EXPORT_FORMAT] [--image-project=IMAGE_PROJECT] [--log-location=LOG_LOCATION] [--timeout=TIMEOUT; default="2h"] [GCLOUD_WIDE_FLAG …]

    gcloud compute images export exports Virtual Disk images from Google Compute Engine.
    By default, images are exported in the Google Compute Engine format, which is a disk.raw file that has been tarred and gzipped.

    The --export-format flag will export the image to a format supported by QEMU using qemu-img. Valid formats include vmdk, vhdx, vpc, vdi, and qcow2.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I can't see option to import existing virtual Machine in google Compute.

    would be great if this is possible

  • Tyler Johnson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would make deploying a tool like Atlassian HipChat an option. It only ships as a .ova file currently.

  • Josechu C commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Totally agree... i was trying to create an image an even adding the ova inside a tar.gz the error is sown saying that "just .raw images are supported" :(
    Would be nice to be able to import OVA files to onboard VNFs fast.

  • Kevin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agreed, this would greatly increase the feasibility of the Compute Engine.

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