In this tutorial we will cover installing Virtual Box, which will be used in later tutorials. The first thing you should do is go to the downloads location and download the version that fits your machine. We will be using this in upcoming cyber security tutorials.
What is Virtual Box:
VirtualBox is a cross-platform virtualization application. What does that mean? For one thing, it installs on your existing Intel or AMD-based computers, whether they are running Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. Secondly, it extends the capabilities of your existing computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time. So, for example, you can run Windows and Linux on your Mac, run Windows Server 2008 on your Linux server, run Linux on your Windows PC, and so on, all alongside your existing applications. You can install and run as many virtual machines as you like — the only practical limits are disk space and memory. – Source: VirtualBox.org
Steps to install and setup:
1) Go to the download location and select the version you need for your system
I will be using the download for Window’s Hosts as I will be running this on a Windows 7 PC.
2) Launch the installer as Administrator and click Next
3) For most configurations, allow the defaults and click next
4) Click next on the custom setup options to allow a shortcut on the desktop, quick launch, and for the software to recognize VM Files
5) To proceed with the installation it will temporarily separate you from the network. If you are working in a server environment or in the web you should save your work and then click next.
6) Click Install
7) If you get User Account Control popups click Yes
8) To fully be able to use all the features the software needs to install some device software and drivers. Click ‘Always trust software from Oracle Corporation’ and then install.
9) Click Finish and leave the ‘Start Oracle VM’ check box checked
10) If all installed properly you should see the window below
Now you will be ready for some upcoming tutorials!