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

Senior Virtualization Engineer at Pearson, Sri Lanka. Technology junky, enthusiast, a VMware vExpert and a blogger with more than 6 years of Experience in Information Technology more focusing on VMware Virtualization, Microsoft and Datacenter Technologies.

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