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  • Start the VirtualBox Manager
  • Select the "File/Import Appliance..." menu item
    • Press the "Open Appliance..." button and select the Avalon VM image you downloaded
    • Press "Next >" or "Continue"
    • Below the list of VM appliance settings, check the box next to "Reinitialize the MAC address of all network cards"
    • Press "Import"
  • The VM should now be visible in the list.
    • Select the Avalon VM 
    • Press the "Settings" icon
      • Select the "Network" tab
      • Make sure the "Attached to" field is set to "Bridged Adapter"
      • Press "OK"
    • Press "Start" icon to boot the VM
  • VirtualBox has networking quirks that require special configuration to make Avalon work in NAT mode. Please see VirtualBox Networking for details.

VMware Player

  • Click on "Open a Virtual Machine"
    • Select the .ova file you downloaded
    • Press "Import"
    • Press "Retry" to relax specification (if needed)
  • Click on "Edit virtual machine settings"
    • Click on "Network Adapter"
      • Make sure it is set to Bridged
      • Press "Advanced..."
        • Press "Generate" to create a new MAC address and press "Close"
      • Press "Save"
  • Press "Play virtual machine"

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In addition, there are some issues for us to consider in future releases of this VM image:

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  • (question) If VirtualBox doesn't have focus the screen may stop updating after a while for the build FFMPEG step.  Giving VirtualBox focus updates the screen. This is probably related to the screensaver since it stops updating about 10 minutes in.
  • (question) Matterhorn has a service that is named after the original DHCP hostname from install time.  It seems to be harmless but looks confusing.
  • (warning) Sometimes when using the dropbox a duplicate processing job appears in matterhorn and the first one will fail during distribute-hls.  The second one processes normally.

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