Overview: Importing VMs, LPARs, and vApps into Skytap

Skytap has several options for importing preconfigured VMs, vApps, and LPARs into your Skytap account. With each import job, you can transform isolated VM and LPAR files or an entire vApp into a new Skytap virtual environment. During the import process, Skytap retains the operating system and application settings for each VM and LPAR; Skytap also retains the network settings for vApp imports.

Each import job is transformed into a new Skytap virtual environment. An import job can contain:

  • One or more VMs, LPARs, or vApps.
  • A mix of supported file types (OVA files, OVF packages, and VMX images, etc.)

The combined, uncompressed file size of the entire import job (regardless of the number of files in the job) must be less than 4 TB.


Overview of the import process

Importing VMs is a multi-step process:

  1. Validate the import file(s)

    Check that your VM and/or LPAR files meet the Skytap import requirements (for file size, file type, etc.).

    For more information, see:

    To convert non-VMware-based VMs, see Converting non-VMware-based VMs for import.

  2. Transfer the files

    Upload or transfer the VM, vApp, and/or LPAR file(s) to Skytap

    This can be done in one of the following ways:

    For more information about these options, see Overview of the import tools below.

  3. Process the import

    Skytap processes the import job and creates a Skytap virtual environment containing the VMs and/or LPARs.

    Learn more about what happens during this step.

Overview of the import tools

Skytap provides these import tools:

  • The VM Imports page in Skytap, which lets you manually manage import jobs.
  • The Advanced Import Service, which supports shipping VMs to Skytap for processing.

You can import VMs entirely through the self-service VM Imports page or you can ship the VMs to Skytap using the Advanced Import Service.

The following table contains more information about each tool:



VM Imports tab in Skytap


Use this self-service option to manually create import jobs and manage the import process.

Best for:

  • Lightweight import files that have been manually validated (for example, a single VM)
  • Individual large x86 VMs or Power LPARs that you upload to IBM Cloud Object Storage or Microsoft Azure Blob Storage.

To get started, access the Imports tab in the Environments section of your Skytap account.

For instructions, see Importing x86 VMs using the VM Imports page.

If you’re a user, an administrator must give you permission to import VMs.

Advanced Import Service


Use this Skytap-assisted process to mail VMs and LPARs for import.

Best for:

  • Bulk import of VMs from an on-premises data center (where physical shipment is faster than network transfer)

To get started, coordinate with your Skytap sales representative.

For more information, see Using the Advanced Import Service.

The VMs must meet the Skytap import requirements before you ship them to Skytap.