vmWare – Failed to deploy OVF package: The task was canceled by a user



There were three files with different extensions,

  • .ova – OVF descriptor, written in XML, which describes the hardware requirements
  • .mf – contains SHA1 checksums of the .OVA and .VMDK
  • .vmdk – the virtual hard disk for the virtual machine.

The solution involves extraction and editing of the OVF file to change the CD-ROM type.

  • Extract the OVA to some accessible folder using an extraction utility e.g. 7Zip
  • Remove the file .mf
  • Change the following line to the file .ovf …




  • Deploy the appliance using the normal OVF deployment method.