Virtual Machines

What is a Virtual Machine?

A virtual machine (VM) is a virtualized operating system. Read this article before continuing. If you are very lazy, you can just watch this video

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We use VMs, as said in the article, because it is isolated from the host system and it allows us to keep our nice comfortable OS on our computer. This means you will have both your host OS (Windows/MacOS), and this VM of Linux for hacking.

Setting up a VM

If you are an ASU student, use VMWare. The school has given access to it for free. Get it here. If you are not, Virtualbox works as well.

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Now that you have download the software to use a VM, let's actually make an Ubuntu VM. Follow the tutorial below for the software you are using:

After following the tutorials above, you should have an Ubuntu machine ready to go with a login.