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Log Insight: Missing OVF Properties

As you probably know, the Log Insight virtual appliance relies on OVF properties to handle some amount of configuration. OVF properties are powerful in that they can be set at deploy time, changed at a later time, and can be used instead of relying on a CLI or needing to write a UI on top of a CLI. With that said, OVF properties have two significant limitations:

  1. They require vSphere — not an issue for Log Insight as it is only available as a virtual appliance
  2. They can go missing

The issue of missing OVF properties is what I would like to cover in this post. Read on to learn more!

The Power of OVF Properties

The Open Virtualization Format (OVF) is very powerful and something I would encourage everyone interested in creating virtual appliances to really read up on. Through OVF properties you can configure a variety of virtual machine settings including:

  • Networking
  • Resources
  • Password
  • and really anything!

I would like to provide some examples on how to create some of these specifications.
ovftool