I use VMware on my Raspberry Pi, however these do not quite have the capacity to run the SHD appliance, and as I have no other VMware host, I decided to see if I could run it on a QEMU host. Spoiler.... I can! and here is how to do it.

  1. Convert the downloaded .ova file to qcow2 format. See my previous post on how to do this
  2. Once done, set up your virtual machine and set the disks to be the qcow2 files created from the conversion
  3. Boot the VM - if you have the console open, you should see a Photon OS splash screen. Photon Splash Screen
  4. Once the VM has booted (can take a few minutes depending on system resources), you can log in to a Linux console.
    • User: root
    • Password: vmware Once you have logged in, you will be forced to change the password
  5. Once logged in, run ./vmware-shd/ and this will run though the initial config for the applicance.
  6. Once the script has run, you will then need to set the password for shd-admin. In order to do this, run shd-user and you will be asked to create a new password with the following requirements:

    The password must contain at least 8 characters, have characters from 2 classes of Group 1 and 1 from Group 2.

    • Valid Character Class Group 1: [a-z], [A-Z], [0-9]
    • Valid Character Class Group 2: [~!@#$%^&]

    For example,

    • Thi1sISV@lid
    • ThisIsVali$Too
    • ThisisnotVal1d
  7. Once successfully set (boy did it take me a few attempts!), run ip a to find out the IP address of the VM
  8. Open your browser and browse to https://ipaddress and log in with the user 'shd-admin' and the password you just set in the console
  9. When you are logged in, you can create new users under the 'Settings > User Management' section User Management Screen