Install Alpine on VMware
- Create a virtual machine (linux, other 3.x kernel 64 bit)
- add a minimal hard drive, 100MB for saving configs, (like an usb stick)
- add a cdrom to the vm that points to the alpine iso you downloaded (alpine-virt x86_64)
- boot into the vm
- press f2 on boot to enter the BIOS
- change the boot order so that it boots from cd, then hd, then floppy (or whatever - as long as cd is first)
- boot the machine
- now run the following commands:
- mkfs.vfat /dev/sda
- mount /dev/sda /media/usb (Or try: mount -t vfat /dev/sda /media/usb)
- grep /dev/sda /proc/mounts >> /etc/fstab
- setup-alpine (select no disk, save configs to 'usb')
- lbu ci usb
If the VM hangs at the boot prompt, reboot the VM, and when the boot prompt appears again, type pax_nouderef (i.e. append it to the kernel options) and press Enter. This should allow normal boot-up.
Now you should be able to reboot and it should retain your settings because they were saved to your "usb"-disk.
For VMware Tools support you need to install the package open-vm-tools.