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Setting up a virtual lab

How to set up a virtual lab.
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In order to complete the practical lab that takes place later this week, you’ll need to download and configure the virtual machines (VMs) from our repository. This step contains instructions on how to set up your first local virtual lab.

Please read the following information carefully

In order to complete the virtual labs, you’ll need a PC capable of running virtual machines (VMs). We recommend at least a dual-core CPU with Intel’s vt-x or AMD-V enabled (these features require a BIOS setting to activate in some laptops). You’ll also need a minimum of 8GB of memory and about 60GB of free hard disk space to store the VMs.
To run the virtual machine, you’ll first need to download and install one of the following:
These are free for non-commercial educational use. Just follow the appropriate link above and download.

Your task

You now need to download two VMs from our repository:
  • CUEHaliLight
  • COSserver
Once you’ve downloaded the VMs, extract the archive and double click on the VMware virtual machine (.vmx) file, which will open the VM in VMware Player/Fusion.
Important: When you run the VM for the first time, VMware will ask you whether you have copied the VM or moved it. You must select ‘moved’.
The first VM you will use is CUEHaliLight. This is a customised version of Kali Linux which has everything you need for this course and has been configured to work with the other VMs from our virtual lab.
Once the Kali VM has booted, you can log in using:
  • Username: root
  • Password: toor
Credentials for COSserver are:
  • Username: root
  • Password: qwe123!
You should now be ready for the practical exercise that will take place later in the week.
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