virtualbox in a nutshell

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.

virtualbox virtual machines linux unix

You can run many different OS’s at the same time if you have the resources to do so

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

First just click on New

Then follow the wizard

Name the VM and select the distro details. In this case Parrot is based on Debian linux

Select the amount of memory for the vm

Add a virtual disk if this is a new machine or reuse one you already have. In this case we will create a new one.

For this machine I am going with the default of vdi

Dynamic allocation is a real disk saver!

Set the size you want your disk to be. In this case I increased it from the default of 8 GB to 16 GB

This is the summary screen for the drive we want to create. So just click “create”

And this is the summary screen for the VM we are about to create. Again just click “Create”

Now we need to go into settings and select boot media and make any other changes we would like before we start the VM

Click on storage on the left.

Click on choose a Virtual CD/DVD disk file

Select your ISO

Then click OK

Now select your new VM and click start

a new VM should boot up in a new window

Parrot Security OS desktop virtualbox

And in no time you sould be on your way to running your new VM.

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.

Raspberry PI  model B FreeBSD

Here is a Raspberry PI model B that has FreeBSD on it

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