Recently I installed the new ISE virtual appliance for one of our customers and found out that you no longer can natively import OVA image to VMware vSphere center.

Cisco has one line explanation in ISE 2.2 guide

The ISE 2.2 OVA templates are not compatible with VMware web client for vCenter 6.5. As a workaround, use the VMware OVF tool to import the OVA templates.


  1. Download OVF tool from VMware site
  2. Download the latest ISE appliance OVA image from Cisco site
  3. Go to OVF tool folder in command line C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware OVF Tool\
  4. Issue command ovftool.exe “C:\ISE_Image.ova” “C:\ISE_Image_Converted.ovf” (change path to VM images)