Penetration Testing Lab Setup and Overview

If you are new to penetration testing or just starting out, you will want to read through this information and watch the included video. In order to become a better penetration tester, you need a lot of practice. In order to practice and hone your skills, you need to build a penetration testing lab first. Thanks to virtualization software, you can build a very simple lab and begin testing the concepts that you are learning about. Once you learn the basic concepts, you can add more complexity to your penetration testing lab. As you start out though, you will want to keep your lab setup fairly simple.

The first thing you will need is virtualization software:

  • Virtualbox (Windows/Mac/Linux)
  • VMware Workstation (Windows)

Virtual Sandbox Overview

If you are looking to get started with ethical hacking and penetration testing, you need to have a lab. You have several choices when it comes to setting up a lab. My personal favorite method of setting up a lab is using virtualization software. I personally run VMware Workstation on my Windows 10 PC and VMware Fusion for my Macbook Pro laptop. Both of these options are not free however. If you are in search of a free alternative, you may want to explore using VirtualBox.

In this short demo video, I provide an overview on how you can set up a virtual sandbox lab using VirtualBox. Here is the overview video for your viewing pleasure!