Maximum people who want to learn Ethical Hacking are students and therefore some of them have only one PC and they do everything with it. So it’ll be problematic if you are a student and you have only one PC because Kali Linux doesn’t provide entertainment things and other common things that we use in Windows operating systems. So it is recommended to use Kali Linux on Vmware Workstation so that you can run other operating systems as well on your computer.
Do check the system requirements given below which are recommended by experts for smooth running.
Minimum System Requirements:
- OS-: 64/32 bit Windows 7/8/8.1/10
- Processor-: intel core 2 Duo Processor or Equivalent
- Memory-: 4 GB RAM
- Processor Speed: 1.3GHZ or more
- DirectX: Version 11
- Storage: Minimum 20 GB
A complete guide to install Kali Linux On Vmware Workstation Pro
Step 1:- Download the ISO file
The first step is downloading Kali Linux from its official site. Download the Kali Linux Official OS from here.
Step 2:- Download & install Vmware Workstation
After downloading the ISO file. Choose a drive that is a minimum 20 GB free. Now install Vmware Workstation Pro and start it.
Step 3:- Launch a New Virtual Machine Installation Wizard
Now click on Create a New Virtual Machine. Here New virtual machine wizard will open. There is two option, typical and custom. If you are a beginner then choose the typical option because it’ll be easier for you. Here we will go with the default and recommended option i.e typical. Select the Typical and click on the Next.
Step 4:- Specify The Iso File Path
In this new window select installation media source i.e the ISO file you downloaded. In the case of other operating systems, Vmware automatically detects the ISO file but in the case of Kali Linux it doesn’t recognize the ISO and you will see a warning with a yellow triangle. Don’t worry, just ignore the warning and click on the Next.
Step 5:- Select The Guest OS
In this section, you will be asked to choose the Guest Operating System. Select it as Linux and the version as Debian 9.x 64 bit or Debian 9.x depending on your Operating system.
Step 6:- Name The Virtual Machine
In the next dialog box, it’ll ask you to enter the name of the virtual machine. You can enter any name you want. you can also change the directory where you want the machine to install. By default, it is set to install in C drive/documents folder. Leave it to default if you don’t want to change it.
Step 7:- Specify The Disk Size
Here it will ask you about how much space you want to give to the machine. By default, the maximum disk space is 20 GB. You can change the value. If your disk space is very low then you can minimize or maximize the disk size. If you are not planning to install heavy software then it’ll work fine with 20GB space.
in the lower section, you will find two options asking whether you want to store the system files in a single file or splitting into multiple files. The second option is the default option. It says that If you specify the disk size 40 GB, it will not block all 40 GB at once. The size will start growing depending on installing software.
It is recommended to choose the second option.
Step 8:- Ready To Create A Virtual Machine Dialogue Box
Step 9: Power On The Virtual Machine
Step 11:- Select Your Language
Step 12:- Select Your Location
Step 13:- Configure The Keyboard
After clicking continue it will load the necessary components from the ISO file to install the Operating system which is the next step.
Step 14:- Configure The Network
Step 15: Set The Root Password
Step 16:- Configure The Clock
Step 17:- Partitioning The Disk
In the next step, it will ask you to confirm the partitioning. Click on yes and continue to the next step.
Step 18:- The Main Installation steps
Step 19:- Install The GRUB BootLoader
Step 20:- Installation complete
Step 21: Switch To full-screen Mode
Now a popup will appear with two options. They are Keep changes and Revert changes. You know which option you should select.