Virtualbox is a time saver for me. I use it a lot to test new linux or unix releases. This allows me to both test the distro in a stand alone environment as well as run a virtual network of different hosts that all reside on my PC. I realize that you could just download and run the live CD in most cases but often I want to take the time for the install so that I can see how it performs over several different scenarios.
I have also used virtualbox to host websites. This site in particular was originally hosted on a virtualbox vm.
I have also used virtualbox to host honeynets and still use it to test different pentest distro’s like kali linux or pentoo.
Here is a quick rundown of setting up a host vm. In this case its Parrot Security OS
I know this seams like a lot to go through… but it’s really a quick process that can be done in about a minute. So there you go that is virtualbox in a nut shell.
In a more formal production environment I use proxmox but for my on personal workstation at home and my macbook pro I use virtualbox. You do need to have plenty of processor cores and memory to run multiple vm’s simultaneously.
If I decide I am done with a vm I just delete it and move on. Sometimes I keep them around to test with.
I also use raspberry pi’s in a similar way. I have a few of them and a stack of SD cards with various distro’s installed. It’s also an easy way to test distro’s for the arm platform.
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