Installing Kali Linux 1.0.6 in Virtualbox

Kali Linux is one of the most advanced Penetration Testing and Security Auditing Linux distribution, ever. Kali is a complete re-build, secure, and enterprise-ready version of BackTrack Linux, adhering completely to Debian development standards.

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I have documented below steps to installing Kali Linux (64bit) on a VirtualBox for those that fancy a trial

[box type=”info” style=”rounded” icon=”info”]During initial install, I ran into this error “An installation step failed… The failing step is: Install the system” After much troubleshooting, it apparently appears the install requires a minimum virtual disk size of about 12GB. So I had to increase my vdisk size from initial 10GB to 12GB and all worked. Strange that the instruction said, minimum disk size required is 10GB :([/box]

Step 1: Download Kali Linux

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Step 2: Create Virtual Machine

I would assume that you are already familiar with the creation of a New virtual machine and choosing the right disk & memory sizes respectively. Note: since Kali Linux is based on Debian, the version to choose will be Debian (64)


Step 3: Install Kali Linux

– Start-up the virtual machine, select the ISO file downloaded and click Start


– Select “Graphical Install” and Enter


– Select your preferred language and then your country location. You’ll also be prompted to configure your keyboard with the appropriate keymap


– Wait until the installer copies all the image to your hard disk and probe your network interfaces. Now enter a hostname for your system and after enter the domain


– Enter root password


– Select “Guided – use entire disk


– Select required disk partition if you have more than one partition


– Leave default “All files in one partition” and continue


– Select “Finish partitioning and write changes to disk


– Review the disk configuration and select “Yes” to proceed


– The installation will now start. It might take about 10-15 minutes to complete this stage


– Select “Yes” to check newer versions of available software’s and next ignore the proxy settings if you don’t use a proxy server


– Select Yes to install GRUB boot loader


– After installation is completed, click continue to reboot the machine


– Login with the root password


You have successfully installed Kali Linux on VirtualBox 🙂


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