linux kernel image needed
I have a problem concerning the linux kernel building process and the following creation of the image (img file).
The problem is: I have ESXi installed and due to some tasks I have to test this virtual environment with simple kernel (as small as possible). So:
1. I need linux kernel built with the minimum amount of modules (in fact it would be better for me if the kernel will have all needed functionality statically built-in). All I need is just a small kernel which supports primitive OS functions (fs support firstly). Network and other functionality is not needed yet. Please provide me any kind of information about the list of kernel build configuration to make it very simple.
2. The VM recognizes several formats of file, interpreting it as hdd (like vmdk, img). So what I need is such image of hdd (for example, *.img file). How can I do such file, which will contain the file system with my simple kernel and loader.
I would be very appreciate for any kind of information about the issue