Tuesday, 4 September 2012

#1 Getting Started

Getting Started!!!
Welcome to my blog! I am Deviney from the official BackTrack forums and today I seen a thread on their posted by someone asking if the forum was dying. I personally think it is and it is because there is not enough people teaching the basics. They expect people to either have the knowledge already of how to do it or find it themselves. I do agree with this to an extent as people should be able to find information themselves but if you found this then you found all your information to get you started.
This couldn’t of happened at a better time because my original image was corrupted for some reason :/ and i only have old backups and because it was the old distribution i decided to start from fresh and document it so other could follow my steps. Just note this is how to use Backtrack on a Windows OS in a virtual machine environment.

Firstly am going to start by showing you how to install VMware player and run BT5r3 VM image (Backtrack) on it.

How To Download & Install VMware Player

VMware is software that allows us to run other operating systems within our own operating environment. This means we do not need to dual-boot OS's or uninstall windows to install backtrack.

To run VMware you will need a laptop with virtualization capabilities. The installer below will tell you if your laptop is not capable (I think but not had this problem, correct me if am wrong)

First Step

Go to https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/free#desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_player/ and download the file VMware-player-5.0.0-812388.exe. If the version has changed then the download link is usually the one at the top and will have (VMware Player for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit) written under it.

Second Step

Run the VMware Player installer EXE we just downloaded and follow the install instructions. Its pretty basic and almost impossible to mess up so please just keep clicking either Next/Continue/Finish and everything will go ok.

How To Download, Install & Run BT5_R3

Am sure i don’t have to explain what Backtrack is otherwise you would not be here but as you can see we are downloading the VMWare version and not the ISO version. This is because the VMWare version runs as soon as we load it and there is no installing needed.

First Step

Go to http://www.backtrack-linux.org/downloads/ and click the download button.

You will be presented with a new page with blank boxs, when you click on the blank boxs you can select options. Match them up so they look like mine below and press the button shown in the picture:


You will then be presented with a download box like the one below, press save and wait for the download to finish.

NOTE: I am using VMWare Workstation, you can get a copy at your good old piratebay ;) (i do not support piracy)

Second Step

Now it’s finished downloading it’s time to run it in VMWare Player.

You will notice that when you installed VMWare Player it added a folder in your documents called 'My Virtual Machines' I suggest you make a folder in there move the downloaded image of backtrack to there for ease and organisation purposes.

Now lets start VMWare, you will be asked to accept a license agrement on your first run, so please do so.

you will then be presented with a page similar to the one below:

Now click on open a virtual machine and it will ask you to show it the location of the VM image. This is the BT5r3 image we downloaded an placed in 'My Virtual Machine' in 'My Documents'.

Just select the BT5r3 image an press 'Open' it may ask you were you got the image from just click 'I copied it'.

The VM will not begin to boot up, we will now login just to check its working.

When you see the backtrack login like below:

then enter the following login information (enter the bold text and note the password will not show)

bt login : root
password: password

You will now be  present with the root command (Root@bt:~# )

This is were we can fire up are GUI (graphical user interface).

Enter the bold text again:

Root@bt:~# startx

we should now see the GUI like the one below

Were almost done we just need to take are VM of a NAT connection to the network and give it a Bridged connection.
First lets shut are VM down, go to System>Shut Down and press Shut Down  on the window that opens.

Now click on 'Edit Virtual Machine Settings' like below

You will see a screen like below, you will click on 'Network Adapter' and then under 'Network Connection' select the top option 'Bridged'.



  1. You can also use VirtualBox for a free (non illegal) alternative.

  2. VMWare player is also free and Non illegal to use :)

    1. ...Nevermind then :p

      Keep up the good work Deviney

  3. Thanks for the tutorials thus far. I would like to ask you a question on anonymity (keeping your IP hidden).

    I have the same VMware setup as yours and its being hosted on Windows 7, on Windows 7 I run a program called Hotspot Shield to stay anonymous but when I start using VMware my original IP is being shown.

    Is there a program like Hotspot Shield for BT5 ? Could you show in your next tutorial how to setup proxychains or could you show how to get TOR through the terminal and set it up ?

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  5. the above mentioned login and password may not work properly so then try login=" root"
    and password="toor" it will work