ovftool syntax and escaping special characters

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Came across an issue (what are the odds for that ?) where my password did not go along with ovftool syntax.

The syntax is vi://username:password@vcserveraddress

You could see having @ is a problem, as well as ad account having ‘ad\’ , found this blog by Steve Flanders which allow me to bypass this issue

http://sflanders.net/2013/02/25/ovf-tool-special-characters-in-url-locators/

Modified script in order to escape the special characters:

OLD script (doesn’t work)

 

Modified script (excluding LDAP part which remains the same):

Hope it helps.

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