How to Install Kali Linux 2019.2 on VMware Workstation 15/14 in Windows 10

In this article, we will install Kali 2019 on virtual machine using VMware Workstation 15 on Windows 10 operating system.

How to Install Kali Linux 2019.2 on VMware Workstation 15/14 in Windows 10

How to Setup Kali Linux 2019.2 on VMware Workstation 15/14 in Windows PC

Kali Linux is a Debian-based Linux distribution developed by the Offensive Security company that discovers the vulnerabilities on the network.

The Kali Linux operating system is a powerful system for security testing and network security. You can also use it with a USB memory stick without installing it on your computer.

You can download the ISO file and burn it to a CD/DVD media and then start installing it by inserting it into your computer’s CD/DVD RW drive. Or, you can prepare a bootable USB flash memory for Kali Linux installation.

VM Workstation Pro is a popular and great virtualization software developed by VMware. With VMware Pro, you can set up various operating systems on your virtual machine.

In our previous articles, we installed and configured other Linux distributions with VMware. You can check out these articles from the links below.

In this article, we will setup Kali Linux step by step on the Windows 10 PC/Laptop using the VMware Workstation 15/14 Pro virtualization program.

How to Run Kali Linux 2019.2 in VMware Workstation 15.1.0

First, install VMware on Windows 10 and then visit https://www.kali.org/downloads/ to download the 2019.2 ISO file. After installing the ISO file, follow these steps in order to setup Kali Linux on VMware Workstation 15/14.

   Step 1

Open VMware Workstation 15/14 Pro and click Create a new VM for the setup.

In the new VM window select Custom (advanced) and click on the Next button.

Creating a New Virtual Machine in VMware

   Step 2

Select Workstation 14./15.x for VM compatibility and click Next.

VMware Hardware Compatibility

   Step 3

Select the Linux / Other Linux 4.x or later kernel 64-bit option in the operating system selection window for the installation and click the Next button.

Linux / Other Linux 4.x or later kernel 64-bit

   Step 4

Choose 2 processors / 2 cores for VM. The processor configuration for the VM depends on the hardware capabilities of your computer.

Adding Processor to Virtual Machine

   Step 5

Configure a minimum size of 4 GB RAM on the virtual machine and click Next.

Adding RAM to Virtual Machine

   Step 6

For the VM network configuration, select NAT and click on the Next button. For more information about NAT networking on VMware Workstation, click here.

VMware Network Type

   Step 7

Select LSI Logic for the I/O controller and click on the Next button.

LSI Logic

   Step 8

Select SCSI for the VM disk type and click Next.

SCSI

   Step 9

To create a new virtual machine for installation, select Create a new virtual disk and click Next.

Create a new virtual disk

   Step 10

For the virtual machine, configure the 20 GB Hard Disk size and also check the Store virtual disk as a single file option and then click Next.

Store virtual disk as a single file option

   Step 11

Leave the virtual machine disk file name by default value and click Next.

Specify Disk File

   Step 12

After completing the steps for creating a virtual machine for setup, click the Customize Hardware button.

Customizing Hardware

   Step 13

Tick the Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI option in the Processors section and then click the CD/DVD device to add the ISO file to the virtual machine.

Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI

   Step 14

After adding the ISO file to the virtual machine, click the Close button.

Add ISO Image to VM

   Step 15

The VM summary information is as follows. You can check the actions you have made in the window below. Click on the Finish button to setup Linux OS.

Finishing VM Creation Window

   Step 16

After running the virtual machine, you can start the installation.

Starting Virtual Machine

How to Install Kali Linux 2019.2 Step by Step

Once you have created a new VM for Kali Linux 2019.2 on VMware Workstation 15/14 Pro, click on the image below to browse the related article!

How to Install Kali Linux 2019.1a Step by Step

How to Setup Kali Linux 2019.2 using VMware ⇒ Video

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Installing Kali in Virtual Machine

   Final Word


In this article, we have installed the latest version of Kali Linux operating system on a Windows computer using VMware. In the next article, we will review how to install VM Tools on the Kali VM. Thanks for following us!

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3 Comments

  1. Avatar for iftee iftee June 25, 2019

    In the picture it says Kali Linux 2018, but in the Title it says Kali Linux 2019..

    Reply
    • Avatar for Iftee Iftee June 25, 2019

      There is no 2019.2 version tutorial only the 2018 tutorial in SYSnettech

      Reply
    • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci June 25, 2019

      Yes, you are right. However, you can also install new versions of Kali by following the steps in this article.

      Reply

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