Virtual machines\software

greg9891greg9891 Member Posts: 1,184 ■■■■■■■□□□
What virtual machines or software are you guys running in your study lab, example plex server, sophos virtual firewall. I am curious to know because I just purchased a some parts for a ryzen study machine 3700x, 32gb ram, 1tb ssd(will expand later), asus tuf wifi motherboard. Let me know what you guys run in your Virtual environment. 
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  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec, CISSP, SSCP, GSEC, EnCE, C|EH, CySA+, PenTest+, CASP+, Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,260 Admin
    edited May 11
    For people interested in this topic:
    VirtualBox is probably the the most popular free VM hosting environment. I run VB on both Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux 20. It's easy to work with and upgrade and I can't recall having problems with VB that forced me to use another VM hosting environment instead.
    VMware Workststion Player and  VMware Workstation Pro are also very popular on both Windows and Linux, but are not free; both have a fully functional 30-day trial. It was once possible to buy Workstation on the VMware Website using an educational discount with no requirement of sending proof of enrollment to VMware. I do not know if that's still the case, but it seemed to be a good marketing move to spread the use of VMware Workstation. I gave up Workstation for VB because I didn't want to continue paying for each major upgrade to Workstation out of my own pocket.

    As for the VMs being run, I'm in to the actual monitoring and logging programs (e.g., RITA, Splunk, Security Onion, Zeek, etc.) to see what they do and so I can talk intelligently about them. Practically anything that is distributed on a VM I'll give a shot in my Ryzen 9/32GB RAM/nVidia Ubuntu box. My one exception is Malware analysis environments. I prefer to use Cloud-based analysis, on sites like any.run, for "mystery files." I really need to get into in-memory Malware analysis; maybe in my next lifetime.


  • scott28ttscott28tt Member Posts: 686 ■■■■■□□□□□
    One correction to the post above - VMware Workstation Player is free for non-commercial use.
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  • bigdogzbigdogz Member Posts: 876 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I used the earlier versions of VirtualBox and noticed it to be a bit buggy and taking quite a bit of RAM. It was around 4 years ago but I just found a better product with the VMWare workstation player. I use various distributions of Linux and Windows and I have not had any issues.
  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec, CISSP, SSCP, GSEC, EnCE, C|EH, CySA+, PenTest+, CASP+, Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,260 Admin
    edited May 12
    scott28tt said:
    One correction to the post above - VMware Workstation Player is free for non-commercial use.

    UPDATE: I installed Player 16 on my Ubuntu 20 and I see the "Use VMware Player 16 for free for non-commercial use" option. Talk about burying the lead!




  • yoba222yoba222 Senior Member Member Posts: 1,230 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I've recently switched from using VirtualBox for a number of years to VMware Workstation Pro. VirtualBox was nice, but such a hassle when every time a Linux host had kernel updates or whenever VirtualBox had updates there was a 50% chance it would break guest additions functionality. With VMware, it just works. The UI of VMware kind of sucks in my opinion though.
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  • scott28ttscott28tt Member Posts: 686 ■■■■■□□□□□
    edited May 13
    JDMurray said:
    scott28tt said:
    One correction to the post above - VMware Workstation Player is free for non-commercial use.

    UPDATE: I installed Player 16 on my Ubuntu 20 and I see the "Use VMware Player 16 for free for non-commercial use" option. Talk about burying the lead!





    Agree that it’s not obvious, you are looking at the Store page where people go to buy products.

    It is mentioned in the Compare section on the product page: https://www.vmware.com/uk/products/workstation-player.html

    And on the same page for Workstation Pro: https://www.vmware.com/uk/products/workstation-pro.html
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  • FluffyBunnyFluffyBunny CISSP, OSCP, CEH, RHCE, GCCC, Pentest+, PSM-1, alphabet soupMember Posts: 143 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Basically I've built a small reproduction of an enterprise network in VMWare ESXi, which keeps growing over time :)

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