Running Kali Linux inside a VMware virtual machine

How to install Kali Linux in VMware

Kali Linux is a powerful Linux distro for penetration testing and ethical hacking. It’s not meant as an everyday operating system, so most Kali users will utilize the distro by running it temporarily from a USB drive, or opt for a persistent installation in a virtual machine.

Installing Kali in VMware gives you easy access to the hundreds of security and hacking tools that are included with Kali. Any time you need to do some packet sniffing, password cracking, etc. you can simply fire up the virtual machine and get to work. It’s also a great way to test out hacking applications without having to install software on your host system.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to install Kali Linux in a VMware virtual machine. You’ll be able to follow along with this guide regardless of your host operating system, so both Linux and Windows users will find these step by step instructions to be applicable.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to configure VMware to host Kali Linux
  • How to create a Kali Linux virtual machine
Running Kali Linux inside a VMware virtual machine

Running Kali Linux inside a VMware virtual machine

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VirtualBox on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

Install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux

Objective

The objective is to install VirtualBox on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: – Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
  • Software: – VirtualBox 5.26

Requirements

Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via sudo command is required.

Conventions

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Install VMware Tools... - Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

Install VMware tools on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux

Objective

The objective is to install VMware tools on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver Linux Vmware virtual machine.

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: – Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver
  • Software: – VMware Workstation 14

Requirements

Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via sudo command is required.

Conventions

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VMware Workstation PRO on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux

How to install VMware Workstation on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux

The objective is to install VMware Workstation PRO on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux. Then, you can set up virtual machines with VMware Workstation Pro on a single physical machine and use them simultaneously with the actual machine.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install VMware Workstation prerequisites
  • How to download VMware Workstation
  • How to install VMware Workstation
  • How to start VMware Workstation

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Successful installation of VMware Tools.

How to install VMware Tools on RHEL 8 / CentOS 8

When speaking of virtualization, VMware is a solution that can’t be ignored. While the true power of virtualization lives in the datacenters, we live in the age where anyone can run a virtual machine or two on a desktop or a laptop, given it is equipped with enough resources. These virtual machines are computers running inside a computer, and this setup has countless benefits and use cases. For instance, if you have a new software you’d like to test, you can do so in a virtual machine before installing it directly on a device you use for everyday work.

To work with these virtual machines with ease, we can integrate them with our Hypervisor – in this case, VMware – to enable the operating system running as guest to use the capabilities of the virtualization software. In this tutorial we will install the integration software, called VMware Tools on a virtual machine running RHEL 8 / CentOS 8, that is hosted in VMware Player. The same in-guest steps apply on the datacenter version of VMware regarding the tools installation. Note however, that Red Hat ships the open-vm-tools with the distribution, which is what VMware also recommends to use instead of the tools we’ll now install. Why are the tools shipped with the distribution recommended? They can be updated along with the distribution within the regular update process, while VMware’s tools need to be updated by hand (or automation, but unneeded effort anyway).

While the following steps will result in a working integration, please consider the above when you setting up your virtual systems. Outdated virtualization integration tools are a bad thing, which you will experience when you upgrade your hosts, and hundreds of alerts will appear on the vCenter consoles.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to download VMware tools using VMware Player
  • How to present installation source to the virtual machine
  • How to remove open-vm-tools
  • How to install and configure VMware Tools

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