1. Download the Backtrack 2 iso
2. Open VMware Workstation and create a new virtual machine
File > New > Virtual Machine
Select Typical, then click Next.
Select Linux, then select Other 2.6.x Kernel from the pull down menu. Click Next.
Name your virtual machine Backtrack 2, or whatever you wish, then click next.
Choose Use bridged networking if you are on a network where you can acquire an IP address separate from your host operating system. If you’re on a home cable or DSL connection, you may only have one IP address, in which case you should choose Use network address translation (NAT).
Leave the default 5.0GB unless you think you may need more. You can select Allocate all disk space now if you’d like, but keep in mind it could take several minutes.
3. Edit virtual machine settings
Adjust the RAM depending on how much you want to allocate to the virtual machine. My Backtrack 2 installation seems to do fine with 384MB, and I have 1GB on the host machine.
Select Use ISO Image, then browse to the Backtrack 2 ISO that you downloaded before. You don’t need to burn this ISO to a CD, one of the great features of VMware is that it can map an ISO file as if it were a physical CD-ROM drive. This works with DVD isos too!
4. Start the virtual machine
5. Login with username root, password toor
Don’t worry, you can change this once you install Backtrack to the hard drive.
6. Partition and mount the hard drive
The virtual SCSI hard drive in VMware is usually /dev/sda. We need to partition this drive and create a filesystem on which Backtrack 2 can be installed.
We will use fdisk to create 2 partitions - one for the filesystem and one for swap space.
Enter each line below into fdisk’s prompt:
This will create a 4GB partition for the filesystem and a 1GB swap space. If you want more space on the filesystem (or if you made your virtual disk larger than 8GB), you can change +4168M to another number (in megabytes).
Create an ext3 filesystem on the first partition:
Create swap space on the other:
Mount the drive:
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/backtrack
7. Run startx to boot up KDE
8. Use the Backtrack installer
Start > System > Backtrack Installer
Leave the source blank
Install backtrack to: /mnt/backtrack
Write MBR to: /dev/sda
Select Real (2700 MB required) for the installation method
Click install. It could take awhile or hang at certain parts (seems to hang for awhile at 81% on my machine).
9. Have fun