So, I finally got everything working with vmware fusion!
I have an ESXi VM and a Centos VM where rancher is running. All is connected inside the 192.168.5.* subnet.
I found out that I have to use rancherOS, so added the URL to the ISO in the node template.
Node is coming up and being provisioned- all green in the dashboard - except for kubelet:
stuck on “waiting to register with Kubernetes” for hours
What and where is trying to access?