7MS #225: DIY $500 Pentesting Lab - Part 2
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7MS #225: DIY $500 Pentesting Lab - Part 2

Be sure to scroll down and view the whole post as there is both audio and video coverage of today's episode!

Today's episode is part 2 of a series all about setting up a virtual pentesting lab for about 500 bucks. Part 1 talked about getting the necessary hardware purchased and assembled. Today we walk about the network/storage configuration.


In my case, I used Ubiquiti gear to get my network prep done:

  • Create a DHCP server
  • Create an associated VLAN for the DHCP range
  • Followed this article to lock down the new network
  • Added the new VLAN to the port groups on the ESXi host


Pretty straight forward - you just follow the wizards to add new storage, which will detect any hard drives you have installed. Then I recommend uploading some ISOs (like Kali, Ubuntu and Windows 10) to get started.


Here's the complementary video content for today's audio podcast:

7 Minute Security #225: DIY $500 Pentesting Lab - Part 2 from Brian J on Vimeo.