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According to Offensive Security, Kali Linux is a special Debian distribution designed for various cybersecurity professions, including penetration testing, digital forensics, and malware analysis. A more detailed explanation can be found on the Offensive Security website.
When you search the Internet, there are a lot of Kali Linux installation tutorials and blog posts. This post will focus on preparing our installation for running the operating system in a virtual environment. Our chosen environment is Oracle VBox. On a Windows machine, you need to initially download and install the latest VBox. You can download Oracle VBox from here.
The default installation of VBox is straightforward. After successfully installing the software, we can start installing Kali Linux from a disk image.
Note that virtualization technologies must be enabled before installing any virtual machine on top of the host operating system. The following blog post has three ways to enable it. Enabling Virtualization in Windows 10
Oracle VM VirtualBox installation steps are shown in the following pictures. While installation for USB and networking support wizard asks for permissions; just accept all, and it is ready to go.
There are three different options to install Kali Linux at the kali.org. Desktop installation has three options. We prefer to use the bare-metal recommended one.
The step before the installation is to configure the Settings. Default Display, Network, and Shared Folder settings need to be customized. There are a couple of options to set, but we will set vital ones for the best performance.
Finally, we start the virtual machine and install Kali Linux. At the installation screen of Kali Linux, select “Graphical install” (if you are experienced in Linux installation, you can go with the Install option). Default home key in VBox right Ctrl. If you are stuck in the guest machine, press the right Ctrl. Kali Linux installation is monotonous. Successively set your language and location, and installation begins.
When network configuration is done, then set the “Hostname”, “Domain name”, “user information & password”, and “time zone”
Kali prepares the disk with a partman. Since our installation is for home use and we will not use this operating system for production, choose the “Guided – use entire disk” and “All files in one partition” options. Installation of the base system is the last step in our installation. Don’t forget to keep it up-to-date.
Emre Caglar Hosgor