Need some direction

used to setup a Rest API via the openvasmd command “openvasmd --listen= --port=8888” I downloaded the 20.08 OVA (GSM TRIAL VERSION) file and i can see it works. BUT, how do i start the rest api now as that is not an option anymore?

Unfortunately the GSM TRIAL doesn’t support GMP (the “API” you are looking for, there was never a Rest API in GOS) so you would need to setup a GSE (Greenbone Source Edition) to be able to use the GMP API.