2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 22, 2011 10:09 AM by Håkan Hagenrud

    Appliance for ESX is large (in GBs)

    Håkan Hagenrud Newbie

      Hello all boxgrinders.


      Now I have succesfully built an appliance that I will use at several different sites to support Apple mac clients. It works like a charm! But now to my question.


      During development I have used Virtualbox for testing and verifying of functions. Now as the last step I need to make sure that the appliance works as expected in an ESX environement. So I build with this switch:


      boxgrinder-build netbooter.appl -p vmware --platform-config type:enterprise


      To generate a ESX image.


      Now to my question:


      The resulting raw image is super large (16 Gb). Is this expected? Can I set it to compress in any way?


      ls -Rlh build/appliances/i686/centos/5/netbooter/1.0/



      total 1.5G

      -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 16G Dec  5 14:53 netbooter-sda.raw

      -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 462 Dec  5 14:48 netbooter.xml



      total 1.2G

      -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.2G Dec  5 14:56 netbooter.vmdk



      total 1.2G

      -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root  16G Dec  5 16:18 netbooter.raw

      -rw-r--r-- 1 root root  381 Dec  5 16:18 netbooter.vmdk

      -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.3K Dec  5 16:18 netbooter.vmx

      -rw-r--r-- 1 root root  403 Dec  5 16:18 README




      Fedora 15 (installed from netinstall iso)

      vanilla boxgrinder-build from repo: BoxGrinder Build 0.9.8


      part of appl file:





            size: 15