Try to import .ova

  • I'm trying, once again, to import vms exported from vmware in .ova format. I was successfull to import One vm that I just installed and updated before export, more or less. But all others vms throw an error, see below (I've uninstalled vmware-tools):

      "ndjson": true
      "code": 10,
      "data": {
        "errors": [
            "code": null,
            "reason": "strict",
            "message": "should not contains property [\"ndjson\"]",
            "property": "@"
      "message": "invalid parameters",
      "name": "XoError",
      "stack": "XoError: invalid parameters
        at Object.factory [as invalidParameters] (/etc/xo/xo-builds/xen-orchestra-201907062054/packages/xo-common/src/api-errors.js:21:31)
        at Xo.checkParams (/etc/xo/xo-builds/xen-orchestra-201907062054/packages/xo-server/src/xo-mixins/api.js:71:17)
        at /etc/xo/xo-builds/xen-orchestra-201907062054/packages/xo-server/src/xo-mixins/api.js:273:18
        at (<anonymous>)
        at asyncGeneratorStep (/etc/xo/xo-builds/xen-orchestra-201907062054/packages/xo-server/dist/xo-mixins/api.js:38:103)
        at _next (/etc/xo/xo-builds/xen-orchestra-201907062054/packages/xo-server/dist/xo-mixins/api.js:40:194)
        at tryCatcher (/etc/xo/xo-builds/xen-orchestra-201907062054/node_modules/bluebird/js/release/util.js:16:23)
        at Promise._settlePromiseFromHandler (/etc/xo/xo-builds/xen-orchestra-201907062054/node_modules/bluebird/js/release/promise.js:517:31)
        at Promise._settlePromise (/etc/xo/xo-builds/xen-orchestra-201907062054/node_modules/bluebird/js/release/promise.js:574:18)
        at Promise._settlePromiseCtx (/etc/xo/xo-builds/xen-orchestra-201907062054/node_modules/bluebird/js/release/promise.js:611:10)
        at _drainQueueStep (/etc/xo/xo-builds/xen-orchestra-201907062054/node_modules/bluebird/js/release/async.js:142:12)
        at _drainQueue (/etc/xo/xo-builds/xen-orchestra-201907062054/node_modules/bluebird/js/release/async.js:131:9)
        at Async._drainQueues (/etc/xo/xo-builds/xen-orchestra-201907062054/node_modules/bluebird/js/release/async.js:147:5)
        at Immediate.Async.drainQueues (/etc/xo/xo-builds/xen-orchestra-201907062054/node_modules/bluebird/js/release/async.js:17:14)
        at runCallback (timers.js:810:20)
        at tryOnImmediate (timers.js:768:5)
        at processImmediate [as _immediateCallback] (timers.js:745:5)"

  • There was a recent commit that is likely causing this and other issues. I suggest that you try with XOA or else build your XO VM from an earlier point-in-time.

    @olivierlambert Do you agree?

  • XCP-ng Team

    I have no idea about this commit, but XOA will work, yes.

  • I tried yesterday and import the VM but it failed. I also upgrade XO yesterday and checked for available upgrades to xcp-ng itself, but without luck. Is it possible to enable some debug-mode or something while importing via gui?

  • XCP-ng Team

    Are you using XO from the sources or XOA?

  • @olivierlambert
    Hmm I use a script to install it: "This repo consist of script to install and update Xen Orchestra for CentOS 7/Ubuntu 18/Debian 9".

    Edit: xo-server 5.42.1

  • XCP-ng Team

    Okay so please try with XOA 🙂!/xoa

  • @olivierlambert
    Ah its isnt the same? 🙂 Is that the free opensource version with all futures? I run that from the xcp-ng server I guess?

  • XCP-ng Team

    It's the turnkey appliance with QA, web updater and dedicated support ticket system (even on XOA Free).

    Unlike pulling from the sources directly, you are on a "frozen" state that's validated 🙂

  • @olivierlambert
    Okej sweet. I thought that was only available for paying customers? I'll try it and come back with the outcome 😃

  • XCP-ng Team

    XOA Free is available to everyone. If you need to test a feature that's isn't in XOA Free, you can enable a 15 days trial, which will be enough to test everything you want to test.

    This should be the default way to discover Xen Orchestra 🙂

  • @olivierlambert
    Hmm I would like to have all feats without paying. But I might be able to use it to import and then use the other one as my daily driver. I dont mind paying tho, but its just a bit too much for a home lab 😃 I would love to see a "lifetime" or "homelab" alternative for maybe 100$ or something.

  • XCP-ng Team

    We simply don't sell to individuals 🙂 (ironically, this will cost us more money that we could get from it).

    XOA Free is "like" XCP-ng Center in terms of features, enough for all administrations tasks.

    Higher tier feature are coming with support, hence targeting companies.

    But as I said, to discover Xen Orchestra, XOA is the best choice: 15 days to test everything, and even a dedicated ticket pro support available.

    Then you can decide to go from the source later if you want all features for free.

  • @olivierlambert
    I understand that, but if you skip support to us/them, it wouldn't cost you anything. But we are able to use the turnkey appliance and get smooth updates possibilities. But yea I will try and import my vms and then run the other one.

  • XCP-ng Team

    Not true. Selling to individuals is not straightforward, administratively speaking, and the cost can only be counterbalanced if you have a big enough market (or a big enough average sell, which isn't the case here for both).

    Keep us posted on OVA import in XOA, and if it doesn't work feel free to open a ticket so we can do a remote check on your XOA.

  • @olivierlambert
    I tried and import it now. Actually it thrown an error almost immediately. And I couldn't see the process under "task" as before. I tried again and I can see a task "create .vdi" and then "destory .vdi" and it disappear in like 3-4 seconds.

    EDIT: And when I look into the logs I can't see anything.
    EDIT2: Now I can see the error: "Task: host.call_plugin (on servername)". It keeps trying every 5s
    EDIT3: It didn't stop till I reboot the machine.

  • XCP-ng Team

    When you import XOA or the OVA?

  • @olivierlambert
    When I'm trying to import the VM from vmware in .OVA format.

  • XCP-ng Team

    1. So I suppose your XOA is fully up-to-date?
    2. Anything is settings/logs?
    3. Check also the browser console for errors (Chrome or Firefox)

  • @olivierlambert
    Everything is default except the vms im trying to import. The machine i could import was a new installed one just upgraded. The vms that doesnt work, and gives me the error above, are vms that i've been running for a while. I just shut them down and take away snapshot and unstinall vmware-tools. Then export them as OVAs and try and import them into xcp-ng via XO/XOA.

    edit: This was the reason i stayed with vmware, because i couldnt import them last time either (1-2y) agho

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