1.HOW TO BUILD AN ADVANCED LAB ENVIRONMENT

Updated: Sep 3, 2019

In today’s post, I will be showing you all on how to create a virtual lab for Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) practice. This step-by-step how-to guide is aimed at readers who have yet to install a operating system on a VMware hypervisor.

Infrastructure mapping:

In this lab consist of 3 different zone which is demilitarized zone, database zone and militarized zone. All of the virtual machines in demilitarized zone and pentester machine will be connected to the physical external firewall (pfsense firewall that connected directly to the network) while virtual machines in database zone, militarized zone and pentester machine 2 will be connect to the virtual internal firewall (pfsense firewall that will be setup in VMware and connecting to external firewall).


Infrastructure drafting:


In this lab, 2 Next Unit of Computing (NUC) is used. The specification is label as below:

  • Intel Core i5 @ 2.20Ghz

  • Intel Corporation NUC7i5BNB (U3E1) Motherboard

  • 16GB RAM @ 1064MHz

  • 240GB SSD

  • Operating system: Window Server 2016 Standard evaluation

Image of NUC:

Front view


At the back contain one LAN, HDMI port and 2 USB port


View from bottom

As for the specification for the virtual machines:

  1. On first NUC contain the following virtual machines and services:

1.1

1.2

1.3

1.4

1.5

2. On second NUC contain the following virtual machines and services:

2.1


2.2


2.3


2.4


2.5

2.6

Installation of Vmware:


Let us begin by installing Vmware workstation on both of the NUC. I will use VMware Workstation 15 Pro – a virtualization platform that supports hypervisor virtualization and allows administrating small VMware infrastructures.

Double click on the .exe file to begin installation


Click Next


Tick “I accept...” and click next


Tick enchance Keyboard driver then click next


click next


click next


click finish


Enter the liscense key to proceed

click finish





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