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If you are into cybersecurity and you don’t even hear about Kali Linux, then you never be considered a cybersecurity professional. Don’t worry we are here to introduce you to the wonderful Linux distribution. Kali Linux is not a general-purpose desktop or server operating system. It is designed and developed to help cybersecurity professionals. Since it is not a general-purpose Linux distribution, it is not preferred to use as a host operating system. This doesn’t mean that you can’t install Kali Linux on your hardware. It’s recommended to install this on a virtual platform like VMWare Workstation, Virtual Box, WSL, or live boot. This post we have created to show you how to install Kali Linux on the VMWare Workstation.

What Is Kali Linux?

Kali Linux is an open-source Linux distribution built on the Debian platform like Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Kali Linux is not a general-purpose Linux distribution. It’s developed with a specific purpose especially for cybersecurity professionals, It has hundreds of utilities, applications, tools, software, and services that would be used by pentesters, security auditors, security testers, security researchers, cybersecurity forensics, threat hunters, reverse engineers, mostly the professionals found themselves in the cybersecurity landscape. Learn more about Kali Linux from here.

What Is VMWare Workstation?

VMWare Workstation is an application developed by VMWare to create virtual machines, containers, and Kubernetes clusters on any desktop or server system. VMWare released VMWare Workstation in two products: VMWare Workstation Pro and VMWare Workstation Player. VMWare Workstation Player is released on a free license with limited features, whereas VMWare Workstation Pro is an enterprise paid version that has loaded with a lot of features. Full documentation is published on the VMWare portal for free. Refer to the documentation from here.

  1. VMware Workstation Pro Documentation Center
  2. VMware Workstation Player Documentation Center

Prerequisites To Install Kali Linux On VMWare Workstation:

To install Kali Linux on VMWare Workstation you just need a physical machine, VMWare Workstation Pro or Player installed on your machine and Kali Linux ISO image.

  1. A host system with minimum:
    1. 8 GB of memory
    2. A quad core CPU
    3. 500 GB of Hard Drive
  2. VMWare Workstation Pro or Player application:0
    1. Download VMWare Workstation
  3. Linux Mint Operating System to install on VMWare Workstation.
    1. Download Kali Linux

How To Install kali Linux On VMWare Workstation?

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Install Kali Linux on VMWare Workstation?

  1. Fier up VMWare WorkstationDownload the VMWare Workstation application for your host operating system and install it on your machine. The installation procedure is pretty simple and straight. Read the documentation for more details. Open the app after installation. Create a new Virtual Machine.

    Create a New Virtual Machine
  2. Select Custom Configuration WizardYou can choose either Typical or Custom Wizard. We recommend selecting Custom if you want to install with all the configurations. If you are okay with default configurations then go ahead with Typical configurations.

    What Type of Configuration Do you Want
  3. Select Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibilityrkstation 16x – NextGo with the default option if you don’t have the choice.

    Virtual Mechine Hardware Compatibility
  4. Select the Operating System MediaSelect ‘I will install the operating system later’ for an interactive installation.

    Install Operating System From
  5. Select Guest Operating SystemGuest Operating Sustem
  6. Name the Virtual Machine Name and locationType a name and give the location details.

    What Name Would You Like To Use For This Virtual Machine
  7. Allocate the ProcessorsAssign the processors, Calculate the processor required to run the host machine. Assign the leftover resources to the virtual machine.

    allocate precessors for the VM
  8. Allocate the Memory for Virtual MachineMemory allocation calculation is the same as the processor allocation. Leave sufficient memory for the host system and allocate the remaining memory for the virtual machine.

    Memory For The Virtual Machine
  9. Choose the Network ConfigurationSelect any one of the network configurations as per your requirement.

    Network Conection
  10. Select the I/O Controller TypeWhich SCSI Would You Like To Use For SCSI Virtual Disk?
  11. Select Disk TypeSelect A Disk Type
  12. Select Virtual DiskSelect the Virtual Disk if you have or create one.

    Select A Disk
  13. Select Disk CapacitySelect the disk size. Selecting a single disk will increase the performance. However, selecting a split disk will help in the disk transfer scenario.

    Specify Disk Capacity
  14. Specify Virtual Disk FileWhere Would You Like To Store The Disk file?
  15. Create Virtual MachineReady To Create Virtual Machie
  16. Supply Kali Linux ISO Image to Virtual MachineDownload Kali Linux image. Edit the CD/DVD settings and import the downloaded Linux Mint image.

    Virtual Machine Settigs
  17. Power On the Virtual MachinePress the Play button to power on the Virtual Machine.

    Kali Linux Installer Meu (BIOS Mode)
  18. Welcome, Kali Linux Virtual Machineyou will be treated with a welcome screen on which you will see the option to select the language. Select your language and click Continue.

    Select Language
  19. Select your LocationSelect Your Location
  20. Select Keyboard LayoutConfigure The Keyboard
  21. Configure the Network for updatesConfigure The Network
  22. Enter the hostname for your Kali Linux machineConfigure The Network Two
  23. Set up a user account and passwordSet Up User And Passwords
  24. Partition the DiskSelect Erase the Disk for auto partition. Or Select the Advance option to create the custom partition.

    Partition Disk
  25. All Files In One Partition (recommended for new users)- ContinuePartition Disk Two
  26. Finish Partitioning And Write Changes To DiskPartition Disks three
  27. Select the software packages according to your needsSelect And Istall Software
  28. Installation of Kali Linux in ProgressSelect And Install Software One
  29. Install the GRUB boot loaderInstall The GRUB Boot Loader
  30. Select the Drive to install GRUBInstall The GRUB Boot Loader One
  31. The installation procedure of Kali Linux has finished.Finish The Istallation One
  32. Reboot Virtual MachineReboot the machine after installation.

    Kali Linux Loading
  33. Login to the Kali Linux with the user accountKali LogIn
  34. Kali Linux Desktop after loginKali Main Screen
  35. Shut Down Kali LinuxLog out

 

See Also How To Export A Private Key File From A Windows Machine?

 

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