Template Movement Issue: Resolving Content Library Transfer Problems

Before delving into the problem, let’s first discuss Content Library and OVF.

The Content Library feature enables users to share templates and ISOs across multiple vCenter instances, providing an effective way to share templates. With vCenter Content Library, virtual machine templates, ISO images, and other related files can be centrally managed and distributed across different vCenter Server instances, ensuring consistency and efficiency in a virtual environment.

OVF is an acronym for Open Virtualization Format, which is an open standard used for packaging and distributing virtual machines (VMs). It is a platform-independent format that allows VMs to be transferred between different virtualization platforms, such as VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, and VirtualBox.

If you encounter issues while uploading a template to the Content Library, the error message may look like the following:

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Let’s discuss the potential cause of the issue.

The template is not functioning correctly.

The template includes a cert and manifest file. Upon checking the /var/log/vmware/content-library/cls.log, you will find instances indicating that the cert file in the template is causing the problem.

2023-03-15T12:25:37.299Z | DEBUG    | unset-opId       | content-library-Scheduler-2 | UpdateSessionServiceImpl       | File/TransferStatus/BytesTransferred = WindowsServer2019template-1.vmdk/DONE/614465536
2023-03-15T12:25:37.300Z | DEBUG    | unset-opId       | content-library-Scheduler-2 | UpdateSessionServiceImpl       | Optional file WindowsServer2019template.mf status ERROR

Now, let’s explore the steps to resolve the issue.

  • Firstly, you need to clear the recent task. To do this, you can restart the VPXD service which will clear the recent task.
  • Next, you should check whether you are able to upload other templates to the Content Library or not.
  • If you are able to upload other templates to the Content Library, it means that the issue lies with the template itself. In that case, you can create a new template and try uploading it again.

I hope you found this brief article informative. If you have any questions or doubts regarding Content Library and OVF, please do not hesitate to leave a comment or reach out to me on Twitter. I would be more than happy to assist you further.

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