Deploying the OVA via the vSphere Client fails
You see this error:
The OVF package is invalid and cannot be deployed.
The following manifest file entry (line 1) is invalid: SHA256 (xxxxxxx.ovf).
To resolve this issue, deploy vIC via the vSphere Web Client or ESXi Embedded Host Client because both support SHA256.
However, if you still want to automate your deployments, you must convert the OVA from the Cryptographic Hash Algorithm SHA256 to SHA1.
To do this, you can use OVFTool which is available on all OS at: https://www.vmware.com/support/developer/ovf/
To do the conversion, run this command:
ovftool.exe – -shaAlgorithm=SHA1 /path/to/the/original/ova_file.ova /path/to/the/new/ova/file-SHA1.ova
You can now use the new ova generated with SHA1 for your future deployments without experiencing any format error.