Kali Linux is a Debian-derived Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing. Kali Linux is preinstalled with over 600 penetration-testing programs, including Armitage, Wireshark, Ripper , Aircrack-ng Burp suite and OWASP ZAP. Kali Linux can run natively when installed on a computer’s hard disk, can be booted from a live CD or live USB, or it can run within a virtual machine.
Kali Linux is distributed in 32- and 64-bit images for use on hosts based on the x86 instruction set and as an image for the ARM architecture for use on the BeagleBoard computer and on Samsung’s ARM Chromebook. The developers of Kali Linux aim to make Kali Linux available mainly for ARM devices.
Creating the Virtual Machine for Kali
Installing kali linux ( backtrack 6 ) is not much harder as it was in down 1,2,3 versions of backtrack. We use a virtual machine because it gives you a safe environment to play and explore without damaging your physical hard drive, or any data loss what you should know before continue
Click on create new virtual machine
- Step 2
Select the typical mode
Select the IOS from the machine
Select Guest Operating System
Set name and location
Set disk space ( 30 GB is good enough, minimum 12 GB to work smoother)
Set the memory and the network adapter.(memory as 2BB and network as Bridge)
Review the hardware configuration and start the virtual machine
- Step 10
Select Graphical Install go through normal language and time zone host-name selection etc…
Set your “root” password and don’t forget it
Disk Partition ( if you are installing freshly without any dual boot then simply use guided and use full virtual disk )
- Step 12
Select hard-drive and select all-in-one ( for new users ) or if you don’t know just choose all in one
- Step 13
click on finish partitioning and write changes to disk , choose yes to write
wait until installer finish copying files setting system
- Step 15
After installation restart and login with username ” root ” and password ( what you set at step 10 )
You’ve successfully installed Kali Linux in VMware!
You can delete that massive ISO file that you downloaded as well, it isn’t necessary any more.