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So I’m trying to set up a pen test lab in virtual box on my windows 7 host.

I have 3 guest OS's installed:

  1. BackTrack5
  2. CentOS 5 Server/Snort (My Snortbox)
  3. Windows XP (Unpatched)

I have 3 Ethernet adapters created IP'S


My goal is to use BackTrack5 to nmap the Windowss XP guest and have the CentOS Snort box sniff the network.

I’m new to networking and virtualization and I need help setting up my virtual network to get this to work. What should I do?


  • Adapter1: NAT
  • Adapter2: Host-only
  • Adapter3: Internal Network


  • Adapter1: Internal Network

Windows XP:

  • Adapter1: Internal Network

Also factor in that I’m on a University network with a ridiculous firewall so I need to stay all within the host.

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I am really curious about this because I will be doing similar stuff (hopefully) when I go to college next year.. – cutrightjm Mar 25 '12 at 3:46

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