Chapter 1. Setting Up Your Virtual Lab

As you work through this book, you’ll get hands-on experience using different tools and techniques for penetration testing by working in a virtual lab running in the VMware virtualization software. I’ll walk you through setting up your lab to run multiple operating systems inside your base operating system in order to simulate an entire network using just one physical machine. We’ll use our lab to attack target systems throughout this book.

Installing VMware

As the first step in setting up your virtual lab, download and install a desktop VMware product. VMware Player is available free for personal use for Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems ( VMware also offers ...

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