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How to Install & Setup Kali Linux on VMware ESXi

How to Install & Setup Kali Linux on VMware ESXi
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Kali Linux is one of the popular operating systems used for security testing by various people. To get to know the Kali Linux operating system better, it is better to install it on VMware. This article will teach you How to Install & Setup Kali Linux on VMware ESXi. You can check out the packages offered on our website if you intend to buy cheap Linux VPS packages.

Tutorial Install Kali Linux on VMware ESXi

Kali Linux is one of the most popular Linux distributions based on Debian Linux. It has many hacking and penetration testing tools by default. This operating system was developed by Offensive Security Ltd. It is used by security professionals to perform penetration testing or by hackers to perform penetration, hacking, and cracking operations. So, the best way to install Kali Linux is to install it on VMware ESXi.

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How to Download Kali Linux

Firstly, navigate to the Kali Linux official website and download the latest ISO by pressing the download icon:

 

Download-Kali-Linux-ISO-file

 

Wait for the download to complete.

How to Create the Virtual Machine

In this step, you should create the virtual machine. We are working with the HTML5 vSphere client session with the host. To do this, follow the steps below:

–> Firstly, right-click on your cluster and choose New Virtual Machine.

–> Click on Create a New Virtual Machine:

 

Create-New-Virtual-Machine

 

–> Name your Virtual Machine and choose the location for it:

 

Name-your-Virtual-Machine

 

–> Choose the destination resources for the new Virtual Machine:

 

Choose-the-destination-resources

 

–> Now you should choose the storage for the new Virtual Machine:

 

Choose-the-storage-for-new-Virtual-Machine

 

–> And choose the compatibility for it:

 

Choose-the-compatibility-for-new-virtual-machine

 

–> Then choose the guest Operating System:

 

Choose-guest-OS

 

–> Customize the hardware and then click on Next:

 

Customize-your-Hardware

 

–> Lastly, review the settings you choose and click Finish:

 

Complete-creation

 

Installing Kali Linux on VMware ESXi

1) Firstly, you should mount the ISO. You should connect the CD/DVD drive to the ISO you downloaded earlier.

2) So, to do this right-click on the name of your new Virtual Machine and choose Edit Settings.

3) Next, expand the CD/DVD drive 1.

4) Then choose Connect At Power On and browse to the ISO.

5) Now it’s time to power on your new Virtual Machine by choosing Launch Remote Console. You should see the following screen:

 

Power-on-new-Virtual-Machine

 

The boot menu will appear. Choose Install and press Enter:

 

Choose-Install-on-boot-menu

 

Choose the Language you want to use for the installation process:

 

Choose-installation-process-language

 

And now select the Location that will be used to set your time zone:

 

Choose-Location-to-set-timezone

 

In this step, choose your desired Keyboard Layout:

 

choose-your-desired-keyboard-layout

 

Next, you should enter the hostname for your system:

 

Enter-Hostname-for-system

 

Now, enter your domain name if you have:

 

Enter-domainname

 

And specify the password for the root user:

 

Specify-password-for-the-root-user

 

This screen will try to get the time from your network time server:

 

Get-the-time-from-your-network

 

If that doesn’t work, you should choose the current time zone from the following list:

 

Choose-your-timezone

 

Now you will see the options for partitioning the disk. Choose the Guided – use entire disk option:

 

Choose-partitioning-method

 

And choose the disk you want to partition:

 

Choose-the-disk-to-be-partitioned-Install Kali Linux on VMware ESXi

 

If everything is OK, choose Finish partitioning and write changes to disk:

 

Finish-partitioning-and-write-changes-to-disk

 

Press Yes to write the changes to disks:

 

Write-changes-to-disks-Install Kali Linux on VMware ESXi

 

This screen will ask if you want to use Network Mirror. I prefer not to use it, so I press No:

 

Use-Network-Mirror-Install Kali Linux on VMware ESXi

 

And now press Yes to install the GRUB boot loader on the HD:

 

Install-the-GRU-boot-loader-Install Kali Linux on VMware ESXi

 

Choose the /dev/sda device for boot loader installation:

 

 Device-for-boot-loader-installation-Install Kali Linux on VMware ESXi

 

So, wait for the installation to complete.

Once completed, click on Continue to reboot your machine:

 

Finish-the-installation-Install Kali Linux on VMware ESXi

 

Once your machine reboots, you will face the log-on screen. Enter your root user and password setup during installation to log in to your new machine:

 

Kali-Linux-Username-Install Kali Linux on VMware ESXi

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Kali-Linux-password-Install Kali Linux on VMware ESXi

 

Lastly, you will see the Kali Linux environment:

 

Kali-Linux-screen- Install Kali Linux on VMware ESXi

 

That’s it!

Conclusion

To get to know the Kali Linux operating system better, it is better to install it on VMware ESXi. This article taught you how to install and set up Kali Linux on VMware ESXi. I hope you found this tutorial useful and helps you to set up Kali Linux on VMware ESXi. If you encounter any problems in the installation process, you can contact us in the Comments section.

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