Create a Kali Linux VM in Proxmox

In this module, we will look at the process of creating a Kali Linux VM using the command line in Proxmox
Create a Kali Linux VM in Proxmox
In: Proxmox, Attack, Home Lab
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Adding a Comprehensive Wazuh SIEM and Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS) to the Proxmox Lab
In this module, we will take a look at the process setting up a comprehensive Wazuh SIEM, including a NIDS and some HIDS agents, in our Proxmox home lab.

Building Kali in the Shell

The point of this exercise is to use a pre-built Kali Linux VM from Offensive Security and demonstrate to you how you can:

  • Download a packaged VM using the command line
  • Extract a .QCOW2 virtual disk file
  • Create a VM on the command line
  • Import and attach the .QCOW2 disk to the VM
  • Set the disk as the primary boot method

Go to Under QEMU, right-click the download icon:

Right-click and choose "Copy link address"

Choose copy link address. Right-click on your Proxmox node and choose shell.

Run some commands to create a Kali VM and import the disk file and use OffSec’s prebuilt Kali VM images in Proxmox

# This is a comment. You do not need to type this in your shell.
# Install the unar package -- a universal archive decompression tool
apt clean && apt update
apt install -y unar

# Initialize a variable to hold the URL copied in step 1
# Ensure the URL you're copying points to the .7z file

# Get the filename from the URL for use later in the process
filename=$(echo $url | rev | awk -v FS='/' '{print $1}' | rev)

# Change to the /tmp directory
cd /tmp

# Make a directory for easy cleanup and move into it
mkdir kali-download && cd kali-download

# Download the VM image (may take a while)
wget $url

# Extract the contents of the .7z file
# This is a big file, be patient
unar $filename

# Initialize a variable containing the name of the QCOW2 disk file
qcow2file=$(find $PWD -name '*.qcow2')

# Create a VM placeholder for Kali.
qm create 106 --memory 8192 --balloon 4096 --cores 2 --name Kali --description 'Kali Linux from prebuilt images' --net0 model=virtio,bridge=vmbr1 --ostype l26 --autostart 1 --startup order=10,up=30,down=30

# Attach the disk .QCOW2 disk to the Kali VM. Wait for command to finish
# local-lvm is the default VM disk storage in my setup, yours may be different
qm importdisk 106 $qcow2file local-lvm --format qcow2

# Attach the disk
qm set 106 --scsi0 local-lvm:vm-106-disk-0

# Set the disk as the primary boot
qm set 106 --boot=order=scsi0

# Clean up
cd /tmp
rm -rf ./kali-download

You should now be able to log into the Proxmox web console and start the VM.

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