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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Installing Windows 10 Technical Preview in VirtualBox

I started by downloading the Microsoft Download manager application (SDM_EN.MSI) and downloaded the ISO file (en_windows_10_technical_preview_x86_dvd_5552509). 

Started up VirtualBox and created a new VM using the pre-defined Windows 8 template. I allocated 1 Gb of Ram and let VirtualBox create a dynamic virtual hard drive of 25 Gigs. I added the ISO as an virtual CD drive on the first IDE controller :

Starting up I was greeted by the UALA that told me that this was pre-release software and I should not use it in a production environment, and to back up my data often. Duh!

Once the installer started up I was greeted by the settings screen. Instead of using the express settings, I decided to use the custom setting and take a peek at some of the new features in Windows 10.

We are asked if we want to allow automatic updates for our apps, use SmartScreen online services, and use Do Not Track whan useing Internet Explorer. Sure.

Do we want to use the online solutions database from Microsoft and help them make this a better OS? Sure, why not.

We are asked to adjust what data we want to share with Microsoft.

Here we are asked to sign into our Microsoft account or create a new one. I chose to create a new Microsoft account to test with.

Down at the bottom I saw "sign in without a Microsoft account". That brings up to setting up a workstation account.

Then it all went dark. And a desktop came up.

The Start menu is Back! 

So much for now. I will kick the tires on this more later.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

KALI Linux 1.09 released!

The Kali Linux developers have released version 1.09 to the public. Kali Linux is a Linux distribution specifically intended for the network security and forensics professional, but makes a damn good all around OS for those who are concerned with computer security in general. Kali Linux describes itself  as a "penetration testing platform" and "the most advanced and versatile penetration testing distribution ever created."

Kali Linux contains a includes a vast collection of tools from information gathering to final reporting, that enable security and IT professionals to assess the security of their systems.

They provide several ISO files for download, in 32, 64 bit and ARM, as well as several VMWare images.

They also host the training and pen testing consultants Offensive Security. They offer:

Training  and certifications in Network Security and Penetration Testing Training:
Experience the industry’s most realistic penetration testing training and certifications. Taught by the core developers of Kali Linux, our information security traiining will immerse you into the deep-end of real world penetration testing.

Penetration Testing services:
We know penetration testing. Between Offensive Security TrainingKali Linux and the Exploit-Database, you can trust that we have the expertise, knowledge and experience to provide you with high end penetration testing services

Kali Linux contains a vast array of tools and utilities from different niches of the security and forensics fields.