I recently had to install and configure the amazing AlienVault security appliance at a client site who had recently upgraded their VMware platform to 6.5. Immediately we hit an issue with the deployment of the virtual appliance template when VMware failed to import it with the error “Failed to deploy VM: postNFCdata failed”.
We tried various browsers, including Edge, Chrome and Firefox but the error existed on all of them. We had no problem uploading the OVA file to the datastore but VMware just refused to import the damned OVA to a VM. I even asked nicely!
There appears to be a few solutions but the one that worked for me was to use the VMware OVFTool to import the OVA file from the command line. Here’s the working command line.
ovftool --acceptAllEulas --noSSLVerify --skipManifestCheck -ds="datastore1" --diskMode=thin --net:"bridge"="VM Network" <PATH TO ALIENVAULT HERE> vi://root:<YOUR PASS HERE>@<VM SERVER IP HERE>
Run the command from the directory that the OVFTOOL is installed in and you should be good to go.
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