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I noticed several YouTube videos demonstrating how to emulate Win2k Server (08 and 12) on Win7 using VBox. What's the best distro for Windows OS emulation using Vbox on a Linux machine? Distros like BT5r3 require root access for just about everything, and some distro's like DSL(Damn Small Linux) just suck. I'm thinking of using either Ubuntu or Mint, but I don't necessarily need a Debian box. Any suggestions?

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@barry99705 Thats true. I can use a generic distro. I ideally want a host that comes with a slew of security tools like on BT5R3 (aka Kali) w/out the headache. There are scripts out there that will make Ubuntu - BT-like. In other words, scripts that can beef up Ubuntu by d/ling all the editors, network apps, file utiliities. I remember having to actually tweak sys files on BT5R3 just to get the bkgrd and menu to appear like on the root acnt...it was a real pain in the a$$. I'm not going that route again. So, I definitely need a disto or script that can aid my research. Pleae help :D!

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@barry99705 Kali is the new version of BT5r3. Although its loaded with pen-testing tools and supported by Offensive Security, I think it's still a work in progress. I don't need a distro with like 1.3 gigs of just security tools. I know that BT5r3 crapped out when installing multi-media codecs and certain utilities that reference its internal libraries; so, I would presume that Kali is designed with the same set of restrictions. I'm looking for a script that will install just what it takes to turn an ordinary distro into a network/rev. engineering swiss army knife. I noticed a couple of neat scripts on the Unbutu forum. I'll post it here for review, if its still available. Maybe we can fine tune it and turn it into a real MCITP research tool. M$ applications rarely ship with whats required to reach under the hood.

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@barry99705 Kali is the new version of BT5r3. Although its loaded with pen-testing tools and supported by Offensive Security, I think it's still a work in progress. I don't need a distro with like 1.3 gigs of just security tools. I know that BT5r3 crapped out when installing multi-media codecs and certain utilities that reference its internal libraries; so, I would presume that Kali is designed with the same set of restrictions. I'm looking for a script that will install just what it takes to turn an ordinary distro into a network/rev. engineering swiss army knife. I noticed a couple of neat scripts on the Unbutu forum. I'll post it here for review, if its still available. Maybe we can fine tune it and turn it into a real MCITP research tool. M$ applications rarely ship with whats required to reach under the hood.

Which codecs? I'll try it out for you, I've installed quite a few additions to my laptop with no ill effects yet. Kali is Offensive Security's version of Debian. Installing normal applications shouldn't break anything anymore like it did in Backtrack, which was a hacked together version of Ubuntu(I know, it's Debian too).

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@barry99705 Kali is too bloated.

I found an old script on the Ubutnu forums that I think we can upgrade to make common Debian distros similar to Kali. Its from like 2011. I AM NOT THE AUTHOR!

#!/bin/bash

# System Configuration & Utilities
apt-get -y install build-essential
apt-get -y install linux-headers-`uname -r`
apt-get -y install sysvconfig
apt-get -y install bum         ## Boot-Up Manager
apt-get -y install tofrodos    ## DOS utils
apt-get -y install xinetd      ## why not.
apt-get -y install unrar       ## RAR support
apt-get -y install p7zip-full  ## 7-Zip support
apt-get -y install fcrackzip   ## Zip cracking
apt-get -y install ipcalc      ## handy
apt-get -y install sharutils   ## uuencode / uudecode
apt-get -y install xclip       ## piping is handy
apt-get -y install ldap-utils
apt-get -y install cabextract  ## damn microsoft and their fascist compression formats!
apt-get -y install g++
apt-get -y install ssh

## Network services
apt-get -y install samba
apt-get -y install nis
apt-get -y install nfs
apt-get -y install smbfs       ## samba utilities
## apt-get -y install tftpd    ## you need to modify the /etc/init.d file...

# system monitoring
apt-get -y install ntop        ##
apt-get -y install sysstat     ## iostat,sar,mpstat
apt-get -y install procinfo

# Package Management
#apt-get -y install apt-build
#apt-get -y install apt-dpkg-ref
#apt-get -y install apt-listbugs
apt-get -y install apt-file
#apt-get -y install apt-howto
apt-get -y install apt-utils
apt-get -y install apt-listchanges
apt-get -y install dconf

# Terminal Emulators
apt-get -y install tn5250
apt-get -y install screen

# Filesystem Support
apt-get -y install sshfs
apt-get -y install ntfs-3g
apt-get -y install ntfs-config
apt-get -y install ntfsprogs
apt-get -y install mkisofs

# Gnome-Specific Configuration
apt-get -y install gconf
apt-get -y install gnomebaker
apt-get -y install nautilus-open-terminal

# ISAKMPD
# apt-get -y install isakmpd
apt-get -y install vpnc

# Multimedia
apt-get -y install amarok
apt-get -y install xmms
apt-get -y install xmms-skins
apt-get -y install xmms-mp4
apt-get -y install mpg123
apt-get -y install totem-xine
apt-get -y install ksnapshot
apt-get -y install istanbul
apt-get -y install recordmydesktop
apt-get -y install gtk-recordmydesktop
apt-get -y install xvidcap

# Basics

# Netcat & Tunnelling
apt-get -y install netcat
apt-get -y install sbd
apt-get -y install cryptcat
apt-get -y install socat
apt-get -y install vtun
apt-get -y install stunnel

# Scanning Tools
apt-get -y install nmap
apt-get -y install nessusd
apt-get -y install nessus
apt-get -y install fping
apt-get -y install hping2
apt-get -y install hping3
apt-get -y install scapy
apt-get -y install snmp
#apt-get -y install sing     #send icmp nasty garbage
apt-get -y install traceroute
apt-get -y install tcptraceroute
apt-get -y install ike-scan ## ipsec vpn tool
apt-get -y install nbtscan ## cifs info tool
apt-get -y install sslscan

# Passive Scanning Tools
apt-get -y install p0f
apt-get -y install pads

# Sniffing Tools
apt-get -y install wireshark
apt-get -y install ettercap
apt-get -y install ettercap-gtk
apt-get -y install tcpdump
apt-get -y install tcpflow
apt-get -y install ssldump
apt-get -y install nemesis   # packet injection
apt-get -y install dsniff
apt-get -y install etherape

# Libraries
apt-get -y install libssl        #Medusa
apt-get -y install libssl-dev        #Medusa
apt-get -y install libssh-2        #Medusa
apt-get -y install python-pycurl    #wfuzz
apt-get -y install libnet-dns-perl    #fierce.pl
apt-get -y install libsnmp-perl        #??
apt-get -y install libcrypt-ssleay-perl #HEAD,GET,POST, libwhisker
apt-get -y install libnet-ssleay-perl   # ""     ""
apt-get -y install ncurses-dev        # kismet-newcore
apt-get -y install libpcap-dev        # kismet-newcore

# Cracking Tools
apt-get -y install john
apt-get -y install medusa
## apt-get -y install hydra? ## not really that useful..

# Wireless Tools
##apt-get -y install kismet ## disabled because of kismet-ng
apt-get -y install aircrack
apt-get -y install aircrack-ng

# App Layer Tools
apt-get -y install wget
apt-get -y install curl
apt-get -y install nikto

## Scripting
apt-get -y install ruby
apt-get -y install python
apt-get -y install perl
apt-get -y install perl-doc
apt-get -y install gawk
apt-get -y install vim-ruby
apt-get -y install vim-python

## Ruby - Gems
apt-get -y install gems
apt-get -y install rubygems

## Metasploit dependencies
apt-get -y install libopenssl-ruby
apt-get -y install ruby-libglade2
apt-get -y install libgtk2-ruby

## Scapy - Python Dependencies - http://www.secdev.org/projects/scapy/portability.html
apt-get -y install graphviz        # graph stuff
apt-get -y install imagemagick        # graph stuff
apt-get -y install python-gnuplot    # PacketList.plot()
apt-get -y install python-crypto    # WEP Stuff
apt-get -y install python-visual    # 3D Stuff
apt-get -y install python-pyx        # pdfdump() / psdump()
apt-get -y install acroread
apt-get -y install gv
apt-get -y install sox

## ProxyStrike Dependencies
apt-get -y install python-qt4
apt-get -y install python-openssl

## W3af Dependencies
apt-get -y install python-pyparsing
apt-get -y install python-pydot
apt-get -y install python-soappy

## Coding
##apt-get -y install eclipse - get the latest version...
apt-get -y install kdevelop
apt-get -y install subversion
apt-get -y install rapidsvn
apt-get -y install vim-full
apt-get -y install git
apt-get -y install git-core

## Documentation
apt-get -y install notecase
apt-get -y install vim
apt-get -y install liferea

## Web / Browser Utilities
apt-get -y install azureus
apt-get -y install opera
apt-get -y install filezilla
apt-get -y install flashplugin-nonfree
apt-get -y install pidgin
apt-get -y install pidgin-otr
apt-get -y install thunderbird
apt-get -y install lightning-extension
apt-get -y install enigmail
apt-get -y install irssi
apt-get -y install silc
apt-get -y install tor

## Windows Stuff
apt-get -y install wine
apt-get -y install quicksynergy

## Encryption
apt-get -y install dmsetup
apt-get -y install password-gorilla
apt-get -y install gpa
apt-get -y install seahorse

## Java
apt-get -y install sun-java6-jre
apt-get -y install sun-java6-plugin

#set our java version to java-6-sun as this plays well with burpsuite
update-java-alternatives -s java-6-sun

## Upgrade & Such
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get dist-upgrade

## Remove auto-start services
update-rc.d -f exim4 remove
update-rc.d -f tor remove
update-rc.d -f ntop remove
update-rc.d -f p0f remove ## not sure this is necessary
update-rc.d -f pads remove
update-rc.d -f isakmpd remove
update-rc.d -f nessusd remove
update-rc.d -f cups remove
update-rc.d -f samba remove
update-rc.d -f nis remove
update-rc.d -f nfs-common remove

### Manual installs
### ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
### truecrypt -- http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/ubuntu/install-truecrypt-on-ubuntu-edgy/
###            - you will need the linux kernel source for this one...
### onesixtyone -- http://www.phreedom.org/solar/onesixtyone/
### libdvdcss2 -- "sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/./install-css.sh"
### Don't forget VirtualBox

Any suggestions on how to improve it?

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Would still go Kali, and build your own custom ISO with the tools you want, and leave out what you don't want. BackTrack and Kali are made by Offsec, but Kali is its own animal in itself, highly versatile, and a more compatible and compliant distro. http://docs.kali.org/downloading/live-build-a-custom-kali-iso

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@barry99705 Kali is too bloated.

kali is not bloated bro. its super user friendly & best pentest distro. martin bros himself told in of the recent talks that reason for switching backtrack (ubuntu based) to kali (debian) coz they sent tons & tons of issues to get fixed but ubuntu never implemented them & thats the main reason kali was switched to debain. every distro has some issues but everything gets fixed once you tinker around. i had error with sql map running on kali after issue was posted on kali forums i knew how run sql map in kali. yesterday i had a error with running cewl on kali within minutes i got it fixed with little googling.

I have kali installed along with windows 7 ( dualboot) my dell xps core i7 8GB RAM is so super friendly with kali ,no problem with wifi,bluetooth or wired connection, i run nmap,metasploit community edition,nessus & sometimes Burp suite same time no freezing nothing. installed virtualbox inside kali running metaploitable 2 with latest version of mutillidae. :D

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