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How to try out Bumblebee Endpoint Node OVA on a MAC on ARM processor

Updated: May 31

Bumblebee Endpoint Node or Service Node is a virtual machine built for an Intel based processor, the Node is designed to be deployed in an on-prem location to allow multiple servers or host machines in the location to access a remote business application without the need to install agents on the servers and hosts.

If you have a laptop that is a Window's machine or a MAC built on Intel processor, you can try out Bumblebee Networks platform by downloading the Endpoint Node VM and/or Service Node VM to your laptop, assuming it has a hypervisor software installed, and boot up the virtual machine as a Endpoint Node or Service Node. You don't need to read the rest of the document.

If you have a MAC on M1 or M2 ARM processor, the virtual machine OVA format cannot run on vmware Fusion natively as of yet.

This document provides instructions on how to overcome that with a great open source tool UTM. Once you have downloaded a Node OVA from the Bumblebee Networks platform, follow the steps below to launch the Node.

Note: an Endpoint Node and Service Node are separate VMs of different images. A Endpoint Node VM cannot be used as Service Node VM.

Step 1. Download UTM

Go to UTM website to download the free emulator software and start the software on your MARC on ARM processor.

Step 2. Extract Bumblebee OVA

On your MAC, run a tar command to extract, "tar -xvf bumblebee_node_xxx.ova". This command extracts the OVA file to a few files including a bootstrap.iso file and a .vmdk file.

Step 3. Build a virtual machine on UTM

Create Virtual Machine

  1. on UTM, click Create New Virtual Machine

  2. Click Emulate

  3. Click Other

  4. Check "Skip ISO boot" and Continue

  5. Click "continue" for the rest of the steps (don't change anything) until Summary window.

  6. At the Summary, click Save. At this point a virtual machine has been created and it is displayed on the left side of the window.

Add Disks

  1. On the top right corner screen of UTM, click the icon with 3 lines (that's settings)

  2. Under Drives section, click IDE Drive

  3. Click Delete Drive. This delete the default drive.

  4. Under Drives, click New to create a new drive

  5. Click Import

  6. Select the .vmdk file from the early extract of the OVA file

  7. Click QEMU tab on the left navigation panel

  8. Unselect "UEFI Boot"

  9. Click Save

  10. On the top right corner screen of UTM, click the icon with 3 lines (that's settings)

  11. Under Drives on the left navigation panel, click New

  12. Click Import

  13. Select the bootstrap.iso file from the early extract of the OVA file

  14. Click Open (on the .iso file)

  15. Click on the IDE Drive (the bottom IDE Drive created from the bootstrap.iso file). In the panel on the right, for Image Type field, select CD/DVD (ISO) Image

  16. Click Save

Run the VM

  1. Start the newly created virtual machine.

  2. The Node will boot up and register with the Bumblebee Networks platform automatically.

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