Guide to Installing BackTrack 5 R3 in VMWare
In this tutorial I am going to show you how to install BackTrack 5 R3 in a virtual machine. This is really simple if you have very basic knowledge about virtual machines. So, let us get started.
What You’ll Need
You will require simply two things; BackTrack OS and VMware Player.
You can download these OS from here.
- Just go the link and click Download
- In Select Require Version select BackTrack 5 R3
- In Window Manager I prefer to select GNOME (it looks clean and nice) but you can select KDE (the flavors of Backtrack)
- In Architecture Choose 32 for a 32-bit architecture etc.
- In Image Type select ISO
- Select your preferred download type. Usually I use Torrent.
Although there are other virtual machines, I recommend VMware Player which is free and is compatible with Windows. There is also a paid version of VMware known as VMware Workstation which has extra features. But everything we need is available in VMware Player. The process is almost same in either version.
To Download VMware Player go to this link.
If they ask you to register to download the software, do it as its free. After you have downloaded the software double click it and install it . Click next, next, etc. and the installation will be complete.
Step 1: Open VMware Player
Step 2: Click on Create a New Virtual Machine
Step 3: In Installer disc image file, browse the ISO file you downloaded before and click Next.
Step 4: In the Guest Operating System select “Linux” and in version select Ubuntu 32-bit for 32-bit Architecture BackTrack and Ubuntu 64-bit for 64-bit Architecture BackTrack and click Next.
Step 5: Give a name to your Virtual Machine and you can leave the location as it is. Change it if you do not have enough disk space on that particular drive.
Step 6: Here make the disk size 20GB which is enough if you don`t save movies and other large files. In the option below it, select “Split virtual disk into multiple file” and again click Next.
Step 7: Inc the next window click “customize hardware” and specify 1 GB memory for it. If you do not have 1 gig then you can allocate 512Mb – it will be enough.
Step 8: Go to Network Adapter and select “Bridged: connected directly to the physical network” and check on Replicate physical network connection. Click close and then click Finish. You can now power on the Virtual Machine just created.
Step 9: Wait until the following page appears, and click Enter on “Backtrack Text- Default Boot Text Mode”
Step 10: The next window looks like this. Type startx to get GUI and press Enter.
Step 11: A GUI (Graphical User Interface) will open and in the Desktop area there will be an “Install Backtrack” icon. Double-click to open it.
Step 12: Select your preferred language and click forward.
Step 13: A “where are you” box will appear. Select your Region and Time zone and then click Forward.
Step 14: In Keyboard layout leave everything as it is and click forward again.
Step 15: Next, in Prepare disk dialog box, leave everything as it is and click forward again.
Step 16: Her, the Ready to Install dialog box appears. Click Install and let it go. The installation will take some minutes (20min – 40min or more) so relax.
Step 17: After completion, “Installation Complete” dialog box will pop-up. Click “Restart Now” to save all the settings and restart the virtual machine.
Step 18: After the Reboot, a window will appear which will prompt you for you BT username and password. Type the following italic words in each of the the following prompts:
bt login : root
Password : toor
They are the default username and password but you can change them later if you want.
Final Step: Type startx as before to start the GUI. Here is your completely installed BackTrack. It is not like live-booted BackTrack using CD or USB drive where you will lose all you saved work in your next restart.
The tutorial was quite long, because I wanted all the important points to be clear for you. You can also install other Operation Systems like Ubuntu, Windows and even MAC OS in VMware.