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How do I integrate a VMware OVF image to Openstack KVM..?

asked 2014-12-05 15:45:33 -0500

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How can a fortigate firewall in ovf format be integrated to Openstack KVM?

Please assist with relevant answers as i am new to openstack

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answered 2014-12-05 16:35:47 -0500

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You need to see if they have a different type of appliance such as a .qcow2 image or something that supports virtio and OpenStack.

The OVF will work in VMware, which means you could possible install it within VMware then modify the VMDK file and use it as the base for your image in OpenStack by converting it. The problem with this is if they are associating licensing with your MAC address then you aren't going to be able to use the image as OpenStack presents a different Mac address for each instance and you can't really hardcode it without subverting OpenStack and using KVM commands or editing the vm config file.

Another issue that can come up is the mapping of the disk to /dev/sda instead of /dev/vda. Most of the VMware based images will use IDE or something other than virtio for attaching disks + networks.

With a bit of work you may be able to convert it, but I would instead request that they build out a cloud ready image in qcow2 or raw with virtio support.

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