When using VMWare vCenter 6.5 to deploy the IBM DataPower Gateway OVA, the deployment fails with the following message. OVF package with compressed disks is currently not supported for OVF import. The VMWare release notes indicate that this is a known VMWare problem (https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.5/rn/vsphere-esxi-vcenter-s…). However, the suggested workaround still leads to an unsuccessful deployment.
Resolving The Problem
The IBM DataPower Gateway OVAs can be successfully deployed in two other ways.
- An OVA can be deployed to VMWare ESXi using the web client directly to the ESXi server, bypassing the vSphere server.
- ovftool can be used to deploy the IDG OVA to the 6.5 vSphere server.
15 June 2018