Bug ID 673871: ESXi host client fails to deploy a virtual machine from BIG-IP OVA file

Last Modified: May 01, 2019

Bug Tracker

Affected Product:  See more info
BIG-IP VE(all modules)

Known Affected Versions:
12.1.0, 12.1.0 HF1, 12.1.0 HF2, 12.1.1, 12.1.1 HF1, 12.1.1 HF2, 12.1.2, 12.1.2 HF1, 12.1.2 HF2, 12.1.3, 12.1.3.1, 12.1.3.2, 12.1.3.3, 12.1.3.4, 12.1.3.5, 12.1.3.6, 12.1.3.7, 12.1.4, 12.1.4.1, 13.1.0, 13.1.0.1, 13.1.0.2, 13.1.0.3, 13.1.0.4, 13.1.0.5, 13.1.0.6, 13.1.0.7, 13.1.0.8, 13.1.1, 13.1.1.1, 13.1.1.2, 13.1.1.3, 13.1.1.4, 13.1.1.5

Fixed In:
14.0.0

Opened: Jul 12, 2017
Severity: 3-Major

Symptoms

ESXi host client fails to deploy a virtual machine (VM) from the BIG-IP OVA file (probably because BIG-IP vmdk files are compressed).

Impact

ESXi 6.5 does not support VMware vSphere Client, and failure to deploy via the ESXi host client leaves ovftool or booting off the product ISO as the only known viable options for ESXi 6.5.

Conditions

Deploying BIG-IP OVA by ESXi.

Workaround

Deploy the BIG-IP system by creating a new VM from the ISO file, and initially booting the VM off the official BIG-IP ISO to perform an installation.

Fix Information

OVA image can now be deployed to a standalone host using the built-in web client.

Behavior Change