How to Install Kali on a VMware Workstation Virtual Machine

November 29, 2016 | By thelinuxevangelist | Filed in: Tutorial.

Installing Kali Linux on VMware Workstation

The Tutorial Shows You Visually and Step-by-Step How to Install the Latest Kali 32/64-bit GNU/Linux Desktop on VMware Workstation 10/11/12 for Windows.

Kali Linux is an open source project that is maintained and funded by Offensive Security, a provider of world-class information security training and penetration testing services.

In addition to Kali Linux, Offensive Security also maintains the Exploit Database and the Free Ethical Hacking Course, Metasploit Unleashed.

VMware Workstation Pro and VMware Workstation let anyone run Linux, Windows and hundreds of other Operating Systems on a Mac, without burning OS ISO’s and Rebooting.

Linux Kali Installation Steps on VMware Workstation 12 - Featured
  1. Download Latest Kali Linux i386/amd64:

    Kali Linux ISO

    Select the Linux Kali Live ISO.

  2. How to Create a VMware Workstation VM from Linux ISO

    Creating a Linux VM
  3. Choose Graphical Install

    How to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Graphical Install
  4. Select the Language

    How to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Select the Language
  5. Select Your Location

    How to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Select Location
  6. Configure the Keyboard

    How to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Select Keyboard
  7. Set Up the Network

    ‘localhost’ is a Good choice here.
    How to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Hostname
    If not a server with assigned Domain then put simply ‘localdomain’.
    How to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Domain Name
  8. Set Up the Root User Pass

    How to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Root User Pass
  9. Configure the Local Time

    How to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Configuring Clock
  10. Choose Guided – use whole disk!

    How to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Guided use whole disk

    And Follow on just Confirming the Default Values.
    Finally, on ‘Write changes to disk?‘ Choose ‘Yes‘!

  11. Configure the Package Manager
    So Choose ‘Yes’.

    How to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Configure Package Manager
  12. Confirm the Grub Installation

    How to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide -
    Select the Grub Target Drive.
    How to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide -
  13. Wait for System Installation

    How to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Installation Complete
  14. Reboot into the Kali Linux Desktop ;)

    How to Install Kali 2016 on a VMware Workstation VM Step-by-Step Guide - Kali 2016 Desktop
  15. Kali Linux Quick-Start Guides

    Kali Quick-Start
  16. How to Install VMware Tools for Kali Linux:

    VMware Tools Installation Guide

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