Importing VCSA 5.5 into vCD catalog fails

Importing VCSA 5.5 into vCD catalog fails with error Duplicate element ‘AnnotationSection’

Error

To get around this error you need to edit the OVF file.

Disclaimer: I’m pretty sure that manually editing the OVF is not supported by VMware!

I had a VCSA ova so i first extracted the OVF using 7zip. Once extracted open the .ovf file in a text editor and look for the AnnotationSection

OVF Edit

Highlight the section and delete it. Save the file. Because the manifest file is a checksum validation will fail so the quickest solution is to delete the .mf manifest file.

The OVF should then import to vCD successfully!

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