“The operation is not supported on the object” – vSphere vApp Deployment Error

When going to deploy a VMware vSphere OVA based vApp package you may receive the following vague error message: “The OVF package is invalid and cannot be deployed” along with “The operation is not supported on the object”.  The latter part of this error message is the message which is more specific to this particular error.

One possible cause for the “The operation is not supported on the object” error message is that you are trying to deploy the vApp into a vSphere host cluster with a single host and/or where DRS isn’t enabled.  Admittedly this is something of a generic error message, though this is definitely something worth checking and I have received this error message a few times before via the scenario outlined above.

OVF The operation is not supported on the object

If this isn’t the cause of your error or you have a variation of the “The OVF package is invalid and cannot be deployed” error message (which can cover a number of errors) then I recommend you take a look at the VMware community forums here.

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Simon is a UK based Virtualization, Cloud & IT Technology Evangelist working as a Senior Technology Consultant and vSpecialist for EMC. He loves working in the ever changing IT industry & spends most of his time working with Virtualization, Cloud & other Enterprise IT based technologies, in particular VMware, EMC and HP products. As well as on this site, you can find him on Twitter and Google+


  1. Man, you save my day….
    Question can I use Mirantis Openstack 5.0.1.ova and MirantisOpenStack-7.0.iso together?
    Because I have not found ova version 7

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