Setting Up

Setting Up  Fundamental

This module covers topics that will help us be better prepared before conducting penetration tests. Preparations before a penetration test can often take a lot of time and effort, and this module shows how to prepare efficiently.

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This Module describes various technologies such as virtual machines and containers and how they can be set up to facilitate penetration testing activities. Preparation is a crucial stage before any penetration test. The configuration activities performed during preparation often take a lot of time, and this Module shows how this time can be effectively reduced to a minimum. We cover the basics of configuring VMs and how to harden them as well as how to set up a Virtual Private Server to make our structured and well-organized resources accessible from anywhere. Specifically, in this Module we will cover:

  • Organizing resources
  • Virtualization technologies
  • Containers
  • Setting up Linux and Windows VMs, and VPS
  • VPS hardening

As you work through the Module, you will see example commands and command output for the various topics introduced. It is worth reproducing as many of these examples as possible to reinforce further the concepts presented in each section.

You can start and stop the Module at any time and pick up where you left off. There is no time limit or "grading," but you must complete all of the exercises and the skills assessment to receive the maximum number of cubes and have this Module marked as complete in any paths you have chosen.

The Module is classified as "Fundamental" but assumes a working knowledge of the Linux command line and an understanding of information security fundamentals.

A firm grasp of the following modules can be considered prerequisites for successful completion of this Module:

  • Linux Fundamentals
  • Windows Fundamentals


  • Introduction
  • Organization
  • Virtualization
  • Containers
  • Linux
  • Windows
  • VPS Providers
  • VPS Setup
  • VPS Hardening
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