Create Kali Linux VM in VMware Workstation Player

This exercise complements material in the CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide.

Use these steps to create a virtual machine (VM) on VMware Workstation Player.

Requirements: This lab assumes you have installed VMware Workstation Player on your system.

Download Kali Linux

1) Use your favorite Internet search engine using the words download Kali Linux.

2) Look for the link to download Kali Linux images and click on it. Ensure that this has taken you to a link with in the URL.

3) On the Kali Linux download page, look for the image that matches your operating system.

Note: Theoretically, you should be able to run the 64-bit version of Kali Linux within VMware Workstation Player running on a 64-bit operating system such as Windows 10. However, when I tried, I kept getting errors indicating that VT-x wasn’t enabled in the BIOS even though I verified it was enabled. I downloaded and installed the 32-bit version without any trouble.

This download will have an extension of .iso, indicating it is an image of a CD or DVD.

Create a VM in VMware Workstation Player

1) Start VMware Workstation Player.

2) Click on Create a New Virtual Machine.

3) Select Installer disc image file (iso) and click Browse.

4) Browse to the location where you saved the Kali Linux ISO file and click Open. Your display will look similar to the following graphic.

5) Click Next.

6) On the Select a Guest Operating System page, select Linux.

7) For the version, select a Debian version that matches the bits of the ISO file. If you downloaded a 32-bit version, ensure you select a 32-bit version. Click Next.

8) On the Name the Virtual Machine page, enter a name for the VM. You can accept the default name, or rename it to something like Kali. This is the second Kali VM I’ve created on this system, so I named it Kali2. The location indicates where the VM will be stored. You can accept the default location or store it elsewhere if desired. Click Next.

9) On the Specify Disk Capacity page, accept the default of 20 GB for the maximum disk size. Also, accept the default of Split virtual disk into multiple files. Click Next.

10) On the Ready to Create Virtual Machine page, click Finish.

Note that you can modify some of the VM settings by selecting the created image and clicking on Edit virtual machine settings. For example, by default it is allocated 512 MB of memory. If you find the VM is running slow and your system has enough memory, you can increase this to 1 GB or 2 GB.

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