I think you may be looking for the "ovftool_options" feature:
https://www.packer.io/docs/builders/vmware-iso.html#ovftool_options

On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 8:02 AM, Steven Langlois <acadi...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I would like to be able to automate AMI's of our daily build using the
> same technique as in the page: http://work.haufegroup.
> io/automate-ami-with-packer/. Essentially, use VMware to create a VM from
> a kickstart file but the format must be ova and then use post-processing to
> have packer move the VM to AWS as an AMI.
>
> In my current build process I create the VMware VM and use the ovftool to
> add eula and vappsettings and convert to an ova using the following:
>
>     # Convert the ESX vmx file to an ovf file so the Product, Version,
> Vendor, etc can be added
>     ovftool -tt=ovf --eula@=/opt/IBM/cmdBuild/
> workspace/enms/ranger_license.txt $VMDIR/$VMDIR.vmx $VMDIR/$VMDIR_ovf
>     if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
>         echo "VM build failed: Failed to convert the $VMDIR vmx to an ovf
> file"
>         success=FALSE
>         break
>     fi
>
>     # Insert the vAppSettings.txt file into the ovf file just created
>     sed -n -i -e '/  <\/VirtualSystem>/r /opt/IBM/cmdBuild/workspace/
> ranger/nightly_builds/vAppSettings.txt' -e 1x -e '2,${x;p}' -e '${x;p}'
> $VMDIR/$VMDIR_ovf/$VMDIR/$VMDIR.ovf
>
>     # Convert the ovf file just created to an ova file after adding in the
> Product, Version, Vendor, etc. info
>     ovftool -tt=ova --skipManifestCheck $VMDIR/$VMDIR_ovf/$VMDIR/$VMDIR.ovf
> $VMDIR/
>     if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
>         echo "VM build failed: Failed to convert the $VMDIR vmx to an ova
> file"
>         success=FALSE
>         break
>     fi
>
>
>
> However, I would like to be able to add eula and vAppSettings to the
> VMware VM but I cannot find how to do it with packer. Therefore, my
> question is, is it possible to add an eula and vAppSettings using packer?
>
> More generally, is it possible to add command line options to packer for
> when it calls ovftool. Right now if I specify "format": "ova" in my json
> file, packer calls of ovf tool as follows:
>
> vmware-iso: Executing: ovftool --noSSLVerify=true --skipManifestCheck
> -tt=ova vi://root:****@emtesx/ZoneRanger ZoneRanger
>
> But can I add or control what command line options are used with ovftool?
>
> Thank you.
>
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