vCenter Server 6.5 : OVF Deployment Error – :VALUE_ILLEGAL: Value ‘‘3’’ of Parent element does not refer to a ref of type DiskControllerReference.

vCenter Server 6.5 : OVF Deployment Error – :VALUE_ILLEGAL: Value ‘‘3’’ of Parent element does not refer to a ref of type DiskControllerReference.

This OVF Deployment Error occurred after the vCenter server 6.5 upgrade. It was not happening in the previous versions and I can confirm that we were able to deploy the same OVF template in the 6.0 and 5.5 vCenter servers. This OVF Deployment error was not a common error and I thought to post this in my blog and I hope this post will help others as well.

Deploying OVF template is just a common task as a VMware admin and I’m not going to show you the steps of deploying an OVF template. The error message was appearing as below in the OVF Deployment window.

– 48:7:VALUE_ILLEGAL: Value ‘‘PIIX4’’ of ResourceSubType element not found in [].

– 57:7:VALUE_ILLEGAL: Value ‘‘PIIX4’’ of ResourceSubType element not found in [].

– 66:7:VALUE_ILLEGAL: Value ‘‘3’’ of Parent element does not refer to a ref of type DiskControllerReference.

OVF Deployment Error

How to fix this OVF Deployment Error ?

To fix this OVF Deployment error, open the OVF file using a text editor. I use Notepad ++ which is one of my favourite software. Right click on the OVF file and open with the text editor.

Open in Text Editor

We were able to identify the below block of codes with the “IDE Controller

IDE Controller

We have changed the Controller type as “SCSI Controller” and saved the file

SCSI Controller

After saving the file, we restarted the OVF deployment and this time it was successful. It was a quick fix and hope this post will help others to resolve the similar OVF deployment errors.

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13 responses

  1. Daniel Wilkins Avatar
    Daniel Wilkins

    Thanks for you, although it didn’t work for me first time. I then noticed you didn’t highlight in your screenshots that you need to change the ResourceSubType from PIIX4 to lsilogic, and the ResourceType from 5 to 6. Once I amended this, it worked 🙂

    1. Aruna Lakmal Avatar

      Wonderful! Honestly, I completely forgot to highlight it in the screen captures thank you for highlighting it for others.
      Glad to hear that it fix it and sharing your thoughts! 🙂

  2. Dhanujaya Praveen Avatar

    Great post Aruna Lakmal.This saved my day at office.Thanks again.

    1. Aruna Lakmal Avatar

      Thanks Dhanujaya!
      Glad to hear that it was resolved the issue.

  3. Oryxway Avatar
    Oryxway

    Hi Aruna,

    I am not able to edit thsi through Notepad++. I have an OVA file same issue when I tried to import into VSphere.

    1. Aruna Lakmal Avatar

      Hi

      Sorry for the late response! Do you still facing the issue? I might be able to assist you, what sort of error you are getting when you are opening the OVA?

      1. Jon Avatar
        Jon

        Hi Aruna,

        I am not able to upload a jpg file to show you the error. Is there a way I can send it to you?

  4. Jon Avatar
    Jon

    Hi Aruna,

    I have it as SCSI controller and I still get the error. I converted the OVA template to OVF.

    0
    SCSI Controller
    scsi0
    3
    VirtualSCSI
    6

    1. Aruna Lakmal Avatar

      Did you change the ResourceSubType from PIIX4 to lsilogic, and the ResourceType from 5 to 6, which I forgot to highlight and identified by one of my readers at first comment? Try that out!

      1. Jon Avatar
        Jon

        Hi Aruna,

        My resourcesubtype is VirtualSCSI and it is set to 6

        1. Aruna Lakmal Avatar

          Hi Jon

          I hope you fixed the issue after my email reply, what happened to the encryption error?

  5. H@M!d Avatar
    H@M!d

    Thankyou very much.. Save my day !!!!
    Please also highlight the change of ResourceType from 5 to 6

    1. Aruna Lakmal Avatar

      Thank you for the comment! Yes, I need to highlight the line.

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