I came to know the Alpine Linux because of its small image size for Docker. Unlike almost 200MB in size of popular CentOS and Ubuntu, it just needs 5MB. That made me wonder if I can get much smaller Linux VM using the Alpine distro for special use cases like network tools.
With the increasing adoption of VMware WebClient, we got more support cases from customers who use it for deploying our search engine appliance. In one sentence, it does NOT work and you will get error messages like, “the provided manifest file is invalid OVF.”
Although it’s an issue caused by VMware, we have to deal with the issue and tell customers how to work around it. I think the issue goes beyond our OVA, but all the other OVA based appliances from all vendors including those from VMware. So the workarounds we suggested to our customers will also benefit you.
While building a new server product of its own kind, we chose virtual appliance as the package. During the development phase, we configured thin disk to save space. But for our beta customers to try out, we decided to switch to thick disk for better performance as the product has to do lots of processing and heavy disk I/O. BTW, we still have a few slots for new beta customers with have large vSphere deployments. Please contact me if you are interested.