View a .vpf file (VMware Profile Format)

This article describes a very easy method on how to fashionable view a VMware Profile Format file (.vpf) that is used with VMware Host Profiles.

Why would you like to read the .vpf file?
Certain troubleshooting scenarios would ease you work if you are able to search for a specific content within the Host Profile

So how do we view this .vpf file?

  1. Export the Host Profile from the vCenter Server, this will give you the .vpf file;
  2. Rename the profile.vpf to profile.xml (so change the extension);
  3. Open the profile.xml with for instance  Google Chrome or Internet Explorer.
Google Chrome gives you a very easy overview like displayed below:


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