So I'm going to update on this, a reinstall and several reboots later I managed to get it to progress to a state where both the core and media station were running, but no the orbiter would never appear.
Also, I have never seen the AV/house setup as depicted in the video and documentation? Is this a symptom of whatever problem I have or am I missing something?
I have tried to set up a laptop to netboot as a media director but this has not been successful either, but I think this is because of the lack of initial setup wizard?
I did get the resolution/audio wizard but not the second one with the talking girl.