OVF Tool error converting a OVA hardware version 4 VM

Trying to convert a OVA file that created a vmware hardware version 4 vm was giving the error below with OVF Tool 2.0.1


– Virtual machine has 8,194 megabytes of memory, which is outside the range of 4 to 3,600 megabytes supported on the host.  This may be a general limitation of the host software, or specific to the guest OS selected for the virtual machine.

The Fix

Locate the correct hardware version xml file default location is “C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware OVF Tool\env\ovftool-hw4-config-option.xml” in the xml file you will find two memmax values (you can do a search for 3600 to locate them, just increase them to the number that the error is stating your VM has to get it to work.


One Response to OVF Tool error converting a OVA hardware version 4 VM

  1. SC Evans says:

    Thanks, Eric. That was very helpful.

    I want to add a couple of more steps that somebody else might find useful:

    1. I had to specify the output directory in the command line arguments; otherwise, the tool gave me a status-like output and didn’t do anything. The syntax I used:
    ‘ovftool filename.ovf directoryname’

    2. I am using Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit. The file ‘ovftool-hw4-config-option.xml’ is exactly where you said it was, except for me permissions are set so that the file cannot be edited. I had to right-click on the file, choose Properties, and then in the Security page give full access rights to the ‘Users’ group. Then I changes the 2 instances of 3600 to 4096 and saved.

    3. When I opened the VM within Workstation 7.1, it wouldn’t open with error (I am paraphrasing) that the RAM memory amount exceeds the maximum allowable amount of 3600 megabytes, which makes sense since my laptop has 4 GB of RAM with 3.8 GB usable… The fix is easy: just go to ‘Settings’ from the ‘VM’ drop-down menu in VMware Workstation and lower the ‘Memory’ setting.


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