Importing Kali Using the Official VirtualBox Image

In this module, we will look at the process of importing the pre-packaged Kali VM for VirtualBox directly from the official source.

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This module is a part of a larger series of building a security lab in VirtualBox. Click here to be taken back to the series landing page.

Building a Security Lab in VirtualBox
In this post, we we will take a look at an in-detail process of setting up an entry-level cybersecurity lab using VirtualBox

Importing Kali from Official Sources

Go to

Click Virtual Machines
Click the Download icon

It's a big file, so you may have to wait a bit for the download to finish. Open VirtualBox.

Click the folder icon
Choose the Kali image you downloaded

Click Next > Import > Agree. Wait for the import to finish. Once finished, you should see your newly import Kali VM in VirtualBox.

Do not start the VM yet! Right-click Kali and choose Settings.

Attach the Kali VM to the pfSense LAN

Click OK. Now start the Kali VM. The default credentials are:

  • Username: kali
  • Password: kali

Please change the password promptly.

We can check in the terminal to ensure we’re on the LAN. We got the IP address from the DHCP server on pfSense.

Next Step: Configuring the pfSense Firewall

Configuring the pfSense Firewall for Our VirtualBox Lab
In this module, we will log into the pfSense web portal and configure firewall rules for our VirtualBox lab using our Kali VM.

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