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VMware ovf to ova conversion using OVFTool

By italchemy

Sometime you have to change ovf files to ova or ova to ovf.

Step 1: OVFTool is installed in workstation by default. Start CLI Prompt line as admin and drill down to the folder with OVFTool.exe

cd C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\OVFTool

 

Step 2a: To change ovf file to ova, run 

ovftool.exe C:\file_path2\vm..ovf C:\file_path1\vm.ova

Step 2b: To change ova file to ovf, run

ovftool.exe C:\file_path1\vm.ova C:\file_path2\vm.ovf

The following example is conversion from ovf file to ova file.  

C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\OVFTool>ovftool.exe C:\pams_v0\ubuntu20.ovf C:\pams_v1\ubuntu20.ova

Opening OVF source: C:\ubuntu20_v0\ubuntu20.ovf
The manifest validates
Opening OVA target: C:\ubuntu20_v0\ubuntu20.ova
Writing OVA package: C:\ubuntu20_v1\ubuntu20.ova
Transfer Completed
Completed successfully

C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\OVFTool> cd /ubuntu20_v1

C:\ubuntu20_v1>dir
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 54B2-806B

Directory of C:\pams_v1

23/06/2020 07:13 PM <DIR> .
23/06/2020 07:13 PM <DIR> ..
23/06/2020 07:16 PM 2,934,892,032 ubuntu20.ova
1 File(s) 2,934,892,032 bytes
2 Dir(s) 24,086,020,096 bytes free

 

VMware ovf to ova conversion using OVFTool

By italchemy

Sometime you have to change ovf files to ova or ova to ovf.

Step 1: OVFTool is installed in workstation by default. Start CLI Prompt line as admin and drill down to the folder with OVFTool.exe

cd C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\OVFTool

 

Step 2a: To change ovf file to ova, run 

ovftool.exe C:\file_path2\vm..ovf C:\file_path1\vm.ova

Step 2b: To change ova file to ovf, run

ovftool.exe C:\file_path1\vm.ova C:\file_path2\vm.ovf

The following example is conversion from ovf file to ova file.  

C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\OVFTool>ovftool.exe C:\pams_v0\ubuntu20.ovf C:\pams_v1\ubuntu20.ova

Opening OVF source: C:\ubuntu20_v0\ubuntu20.ovf
The manifest validates
Opening OVA target: C:\ubuntu20_v0\ubuntu20.ova
Writing OVA package: C:\ubuntu20_v1\ubuntu20.ova
Transfer Completed
Completed successfully

C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation\OVFTool> cd /ubuntu20_v1

C:\ubuntu20_v1>dir
Volume in drive C has no label.
Volume Serial Number is 54B2-806B

Directory of C:\pams_v1

23/06/2020 07:13 PM <DIR> .
23/06/2020 07:13 PM <DIR> ..
23/06/2020 07:16 PM 2,934,892,032 ubuntu20.ova
1 File(s) 2,934,892,032 bytes
2 Dir(s) 24,086,020,096 bytes free

 

Cisco & Microsoft: Making Containerized Apps Easier

By Kip Compton

Containers are an important technology for customers in their efforts to accelerate application innovation. At Cisco, we’ve been working across our ecosystem to offer solutions to help our customers deploy and manage container infrastructure and applications across on-premises and our partner’s clouds.

I’m pleased to share progress on our collaboration with Microsoft to make it easier for customers to rapidly — and at scale — deploy and run containerized applications across both Cisco-based on-premises environments and Microsoft Azure.

Today, I am happy to announce the addition of Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) to the Kubernetes managed services that natively integrate with the Cisco Container Platform. This integration means that customers can now further simplify deploying and managing Kubernetes clusters on-premises and in AKS with one tool, using common identity and control policies, reducing manual tasks and ultimately time-to-market for their application environments.

With the integration of Microsoft AKS and the Cisco Container Platform customers can now further simplify deploying and managing Kubernetes clusters on-premises and in AKS with one tool, using common identity and control policies, reducing manual tasks and ultimately time-to-market for their application environments.

In future phases, the Cisco Container Platform will integrate functionality to support Microsoft Windows container applications with the potential to leverage virtual-kubelet or Windows node pools in Azure. In addition, we will support Azure Active Directory common identity integration for both on-prem and AKS clusters so customers and applications experience a single, consistent environment across hybrid cloud.

Both Microsoft and Cisco customers are adopting Kubernetes to accelerate their DevOps plans, removing infrastructure constraints of traditional application stacks and unleashing innovation anywhere, from on-prem to the edge, to the cloud. As customers choose to deploy Kubernetes and hybrid strategies, both Cisco and Microsoft are excited about the expansion of our growing collaboration to deliver this new integration.

Cisco is committed to helping customers maximize the value of containers to enable them to do more with their existing and new applications, using the best of what Microsoft Windows and Azure have to offer, with Cisco enterprise-class consistency and security built-in.

It’s exciting to see another milestone in our journey to develop solutions that help our customers innovate. You’ll continue seeing us work with our partners to offer choice across on-premises and public clouds.

Stay tuned for more!

 

Unleash the Potential of Your Multicloud Strategy

By Kip Compton

It wasn’t that long ago that many people thought moving everything to the cloud would be simple and cost-effective – and cloud would somehow make everything easier. The reality is that cloud was anything but simple. Balancing the need to manage costs with enabling speed and business agility became a significant challenge.

As we look at where the market is now, it’s clear that enterprises didn’t simply move to the cloud – instead, they are actively expanding into the cloud. This expansion is driving fundamental change across every domain of the expanded enterprise.

This environment is creating a new set of challenges, requiring CIOs to manage a set of variables that are changing constantly. The need to connect any user, on any device, on any network to any application is becoming a top priority and frequent topic at the boardroom level. And while CIOs and IT organizations might spend less time dealing with issues like energy efficiency and cooling, they are still on the hook for important things like strategy, governance, and results.

In today’s multicloud reality one of the biggest challenges is bridging multiple environments – on prem, co-lo, public cloud, and SaaS. Delivering optimal outcomes across so many environments is a huge issue. While managing costs and enabling speed continues to be important, we think that enterprises now need to optimize their multicloud environment across a number of different dimensions.

  • Cost: Managing workload, network, storage, and services across environment to optimize usage
  • Performance: Enabling network performance, traffic optimization, and app development/deployment
  • Security: Providing security for data, apps, devices across on-prem, co-lo, public, and SaaS
  • Visibility: Gaining insights into security and application performance across multiple public and private clouds
  • Compliance: Applying policy across the full breadth of the multicloud environment
  • User experience: Enabling optimal experience for SaaS applications like Office 365, Google Cloud, and Salesforce.com
  • Simplicity: Reducing the number of tools or using a single resource for multiple environments

At Cisco, we understand all this. That’s why we’ve been innovating to help you unleash the potential of your multicloud environment by delivering more ways to optimize across this growing set of dimensions. Whether you plan to evolve your data center to build a private cloud, extend your network to the public cloud, build new cloud services, or manage a new multicloud environment; Cisco has the portfolio to simplify how you connect, protect, and consume all your clouds.

We’ll be at Cisco Live US in San Diego next week and we have an amazing show planned. Join my Innovation Talk where I’ll be sharing more about Cisco’s approach to multicloud. And be sure to check out the many informative sessions we have in store. The list below is just some of the exciting topics we will be discussing. See the full list of sessions, labs, and more around multicloud in our catalog.

See you at the show!

Monday, June 10

Tuesday, June 11

Wednesday, June 12

Thursday, June 13

Labs

Announcing the 2019 Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge Winners

By Tae Yoo

Today, in our third year of the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge, we are proud to be recognizing a new group of young entrepreneurs who are creating cutting-edge, technology-based solutions capable of solving some of the world’s toughest challenges.

This year, 335 teams from around the world competed for a total of US$300K in prizes. Teams put forth solutions addressing challenges across the environment, healthcare, critical human needs, and more. Every team showed a deep understanding of the magnitude of the problems facing our global community, and developed innovative solutions to address them.

It has been exciting for us to see the progress CareNX, the 2018 Grand Prize winner, has made advancing their solution—a wearable, low-cost, non-stress test fetal monitoring device called Feton. Since they won the Challenge last year, they have not only reached 15 times more mothers since their inception in 2016 (for a total of 20,000), but were selected to be one of the startups for the inaugural class of Google’s new Launchpad Accelerator India.

With each year, I’m continually impressed by the ideas and solutions developed by these young entrepreneurs and inspired by their drive to make a difference. It’s with much excitement that I introduce you to the winners of this year’s competition:

Grand Prize (US$100,000)

Oorja (Imperial College London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) deploys and operates pay-as-you-go community solar pumping systems to provide affordable irrigation services to smallholder farmers, allowing them access to affordable water services year-round, reduce irrigation costs, grow high-value crops, and double their incomes. Learn more in the Oorja pitch video and on the team’s website.

First Runner-Up (US$75,000)

Solar Freeze (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya) is a portable, solar powered cold storage solution, mentorship and training program, and mobile app that helps smallholder farmers increase their post-harvest sales by preventing food loss. Learn more in the Solar Freeze pitch video and on the team’s website

Second Runners-Up (US$25,000 each)

Calla Imaging’s (Duke University, United States of America) solution is a patient-centric cervical cancer screening technology that health providers or women themselves can use. Designed to democratize cervical cancer screening, the technology uses automated algorithms for accurate diagnosis without an expert and the mHealth app for patient communication follow-up and data storage. Learn more in the Calla Imaging pitch video and on the team’s website.

Illuminum Greenhouses (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya) provides smallholder farmers with affordable greenhouses and drip kits equipped with solar powered and IoT sensors that enable greater protection of crops from pests and diseases and increased water efficiency through automation. Learn more in the Illuminum Greenhouses pitch video and on the team’s website.

TrashCon (R.V. College of Engineering, India) has developed a one-stop solution to sort and process any type of mixed municipal solid waste automatically into biodegradable waste and non-biodegradable waste with up to 99% efficiency. Learn more in the TrashCon pitch video and on the team’s website.

Third Runners-Up (US$10,000 each)

Blakbear (Imperial College London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) is a soil-sensing platform that helps feed a growing world sustainably by using cutting-edge electrochemical sensing technology and machine learning to increase the yield farmers can get from their land, without using any more fertilizer than necessary. Learn more in the Blakbear pitch video and on the team’s website.

Neurobots (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil) offers stroke patients an innovative rehabilitation therapy with a brain computer interface capable of giving them 30% of their hand movement back in two weeks. Learn more in the Neurobots pitch video and on the team’s website.

Reeddi (University of Toronto, Canada), an innovative energy generation and distribution system, provides affordable, reliable, and clean energy via mobile capsules to individuals and businesses operating in energy poor regions of the world. Learn more in the Reeddi pitch video and on the team’s website.

TREP LABS (Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria) has created REALDRIP, a low-cost infusion monitor device for simpler and safer blood transfusion and drip treatment. REALDRIP continuously monitors flow rate and automates the process during drip treatment to prevent health complications. Learn more in the TREP LABS pitch video and on the team’s website.

People’s Choice Award (US$10,000)

Banoo (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia) integrated a microbubble, IoT, and solar panel to provide smart aquaculture technology to help people boost their food resilience in areas where land and water availability is scarce. Learn more in the Banoo pitch video.

 

Congratulations to all of our 2019 Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge winners! I look forward to following their journeys and the impact they will make as their visions become reality! I encourage you to check out their solutions on the Global Problem Solver Challenge site.

 

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The Next Phase of Co-Innovation – Cisco and Google Cloud

By Kip Compton

Today at Google Cloud NEXT, David Goeckeler unveiled the next phase of our journey with Google Cloud: the expansion of our multicloud and hybrid collaboration to include Google Cloud’s Anthos.

Multicloud and hybrid cloud are a reality for the majority of our customers as more enterprises expand into the cloud. What customers need is a seamless environment across on-premises and public clouds so they can deliver business results despite the complexity. That’s why our partnership with Google Cloud makes so much sense – Cisco’s networking, security, and data center portfolio, combined with Google’s platform, as well as the latest and greatest from the open source community, make a powerful set of capabilities available to our customers. The relationship between Cisco and Google Cloud spans multiple areas and the opportunities for co-innovation continues to expand. This is one of the reasons why I’m really excited to see this next evolution of our partnership with Google Cloud come to fruition.

Engineering teams from both companies first began working together on hybrid and multicloud solutions in 2017. Our shared vision started with developing Kubernetes-extensible solutions to integrate with Cisco networking, management, and security technologies as well as open source components. We’ve have been working together ever since, and what we’ve learned has informed our joint work with Google Cloud’s Anthos.

Google Cloud’s expertise in containerization and service mesh (Kubernetes and Istio, respectively) as well as their leadership in the developer community, combined with Cisco’s enterprise-class networking, compute, storage, as well as security products and services makes for a winning combination. The Cisco integrations for Anthos announced today will help customers build and manage multicloud and hybrid applications across their on-premises data centers and public clouds and let them focus on innovation and agility without compromising security or increasing complexity.

With these integrations, Cisco’s and Google Cloud’s goal is to deliver the best multicloud and hybrid cloud experience to customers by integrating Cisco technology with Anthos. A broad set of Cisco technologies including Cisco HyperFlex and HyperFlex Edge; Cisco ACI, Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud, Cisco SD-WAN, and Cisco Intersight will be integrated with Anthos. Cisco and Google Cloud have also jointly contributed to the open source project Kubeflow delivering new capabilities for AI/ML applications.The result is that Cisco and Google Cloud are delivering the most seamless and secure experience for Google Cloud’s Anthos.

From my perspective, we are operating in one of the most dynamic and fast-changing markets in IT, if not the world – cloud. But we don’t do it alone. We know that our partner ecosystem is central to our competitive advantage and that we truly are better together. With my roots as an engineer, I sort of “geek out” when we get to collaborate with outstanding teams of thinkers and visionaries to find inventive solutions to solve our customers’ greatest challenges. Our partnership with Google Cloud is a great example of how Cisco is working with partners to address real pain points for enterprise IT and pave the way for innovation. As more and more enterprises expand to the cloud, the ability to integrate in the way that Cisco and Google Cloud are as we execute on our shared vision will be more important than ever before. And we continue to evolve our portfolio to serve our joint customers in other areas such as our integrations between Google and Cisco Collaboration that improve workplace productivity.

Partners like Google Cloud are important to helping us deliver new innovation in today’s constantly changing multicloud world. Since we started our journey, we’ve worked together to give customers the freedom and security they need to develop and deliver applications in the new multicloud reality. I’m excited about this next phase. Together, we are helping customers innovate faster and there’s more to come.

Learn more:

  • Cisco and Google Cloud partnership page
  • Read the blog from Eyal Manor, VP, Engineering, Google Cloud
  • Read the announcement from Kevin Ichhpurani and Carolee Gearhart, Google Cloud

 

The post The Next Phase of Co-Innovation – Cisco and Google Cloud appeared first on Cisco Blog.

Cisco Turns Up the Innovation Dial with Decibel

By Rob Salvagno

Today, I am excited to announce that Cisco is launching a new, independent venture capital firm, Decibel, focused exclusively on early stage investing in the Enterprise. This is the first truly independent effort ever formed by a major technology company. Decibel is designed to bring together the best of both worlds – the capabilities of a best in class, early stage VC firm with the resources only a company like Cisco can offer. With Decibel, Cisco is adding another dimension to its multi-faceted approach to innovation – a relationship with entrepreneurs and the startup ecosystem at their earliest inception and with this, a lens into the people, technologies and trends that will shape the Enterprise in the decades to come.

Cisco is one of the few technology companies that led an industry defining role 30 years ago and continues to be a market leader today. In the 90s, Cisco built the internet, and today we are shaping the future of the digital enterprise. The ability for one company to remain relevant, navigate and lead through all these market opportunities and transitions is simply amazing and is due in large part to our unique approach to innovation. Cisco has a culture of leveraging both internal and external innovation – accelerating our rich internal development capabilities by our ability to also partner, invest and acquire. In essence, Cisco has always recognized that there is significant innovation that happens outside of the walls of Cisco, and we have chosen to embrace this capability to its fullest. Over our history, Cisco has acquired over 200 companies and more than one in eight Cisco employees have joined as a result. We have a deep bench of acquired founders, many of which play leadership roles within the company today, which continues to re-inforce this entrepreneurial spirit.

You can’t be a leader in the technology industry, as Cisco has been for the last 30 years, without constantly evolving and making bold moves. Our CEO, Chuck Robbins, has taken this philosophy to the next level, spurring us to move faster and think differently. Chuck’s tenure as CEO has seen us enter a new era of internal innovation at Cisco that is unprecedented in the 19 years I have been at the company. Inspired, we challenged ourselves to think about how we could further harness external innovation in a way that would enhance our robust internal innovation. As one of the most prolific strategic venture capitalists in the world, Cisco already has a view into future technologies shaping our markets through our rich portfolio of companies. But we realized we could do even more by engaging with the startup community earlier in its lifecycle. After all, companies such as AppDynamics and Duo Security, both market defining acquisitions for Cisco, were nearly 10 years old before becoming part of Cisco. How could we put Cisco in a position to play a foundational role in starting the next AppD or Duo?

My team explored every option we could imagine to elevate our strategic investment capabilities for early stage engagement to the next level. We quickly aligned around the notion of starting with a blank sheet of paper – what could we do if Cisco removed all constraints? Thus began the process of finding the right partner to help us begin filling out that sheet of paper. I had the opportunity to meet Jon Sakoda personally many years ago. He was a founder himself, having started his first company back in 2001, which he successfully exited before becoming a venture capitalist at one of the most preeminent firms in the industry for the next 12 years.What made Jon special wasn’t just the fact that he was a successful investor across a broad set of areas, from enterprise software to consumer internet companies, he had a shared vision for what we could do together. From the onset, we knew there was a unique opportunity to marry the best of early stage venture with the best of what a company like Cisco can offer.  Over the course of a year, Jon and my team started filling in the blanks – leading to the formation of Decibel as the first independent, early stage venture capital firm to be created by a major technology company focused exclusively on early stage investing in the Enterprise.

Decibel will have all the independent hallmarks that define a successful venture capital firm – it will move at the pace expected of the early stage market, have its own management company and personnel, and be able to make independent investment and governance decisions to support its entrepreneurs. Decibel will have a unique advantage in being able to access the resources that have defined Cisco’s success in this space – our people, founders, go to market capabilities and customers. Decibel adds another, complementary dimension to Cisco’s ability to tap into the entrepreneurial ecosystem – something that has defined our company in the past and will continue in the future. Cisco Investments will continue its charter – investing and partnering with best in class companies in Cisco’s core and adjacent markets.

It takes a tremendous amount of conviction, trust and support to put something like Decibel together. Even after 19 years, I continue to be amazed at the people and leaders at Cisco who constantly strive to be the best in everything they do. I would like to thank my team, my advisors from the venture and entrepreneurial community, and the great people at Cisco for helping shape the vision that is now Decibel.

 

 

The post Cisco Turns Up the Innovation Dial with Decibel appeared first on Cisco Blog.

Raising the Bar on Multicloud Management

By Kip Compton
Cisco is raising the bar on multicloud management: expanded capabilities strengthen our position as the glue between vendor-specific clouds, tools, APIs, configuration requirements, SLAs, and analytics.

Joint Statement – Agreement Resolving Litigation

By Mark Chandler
The following is a joint statement from Cisco and Arista regarding the existing litigation.

Creating Connections at Cannes

By Karen Walker
Last week I attended the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and had the chance to speak about our partnership with Live Nation - here are my key takeaways.

Insights from Customer Zero: Enabling the Next Generation of Hybrid Cloud

By Kip Compton
Cisco’s own IT organization is one of the largest customers of Cisco technologies, often acting as Customer Zero when new innovations are being rolled out. I recently chatted with Mike...

Announcing the 2018 Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge Winners

By Tae Yoo
In this second year of the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge, Cisco is proud to continue recognizing young entrepreneurs who are developing innovative, technology-based solutions and services that have the ability to change the world.

Setting a New Standard for Production-Grade Kubernetes

By Kip Compton
Cisco's CloudCenter 4.9 and AppDynamics for Kubernetes illustrate our commitment to open source technologies that help our customers adopt at scale, in production, on premises, and in cloud environments.

It’s Breakaway Time for Cisco HyperFlex

By Frank Palumbo
Cisco has a strong history of entering data center markets and driving industry transformation. We are continuing that momentum with Cisco HyperFlex Platform for Multicloud. In just over a year...

2017: A Lot to Be Proud Of

By Joe Cozzolino
Looking back on 2017 with gratitude and pride, I want to thank our employees, partners and customers for being part of the Cisco Services journey during the year.

20 Years and Beyond: A celebration of #Cisco Capital and what’s next for financial innovation

By Kristine Snow
As 2017 comes to a close, we look back at one of the most interesting inflection points in the business landscape. Competition is increasing as growth remains tepid. Geo-political tensions swelled as certainty decreased. In many ways, 2017 was an unprecedented year. It was also an exciting year for Cisco Capital as we celebrated our […]

Engineering the New Era of Networking

By Ravi Chandrasekaran
Building this new era of networking has driven Cisco to innovate in many different ways. This launch marks a new chapter in our engineering history and transformation.

Protecting Innovation: ITC Enforcement Action Initial Determination

By Mark Chandler
We received word today that an ITC judge has issued a decision that Arista’s redesigned products do not continue to use the Cisco “SysDB” patented technology, which Arista was found to have infringed in the ITC’s “944 Investigation”.  The judge’s order is subject to review by the full Commission, and we plan to request a […]

Update: U.S. Patent and Trade Office Reviews

By Mark Chandler
Update (6/01/2017): We disagree with the Patent Office decision regarding the ‘668 patent, particularly since the ITC rejected Arista’s validity challenges and found the patent both valid and infringed. We intend to appeal the Patent Office’s decision, which will be the final determination regarding validity of the ‘668 patent. The Patent Office’s decision here has […]

Commencing Cisco LaunchPad Startup Cohort 2

By Ravi Chandrasekaran
Read about Cisco LaunchPad - an ecosystem of startups, technology leaders, partners, and developers we're helping incubate in India.
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