Last night I was playing with my lab more than I should, let's just say that I messed up some stuff, and three of my
PCs went down
and I only have one PC now, which have 1 GB ram, Do you know what that means ?? Yep, thank god I still get the
chance to run VMware and setup another Virtual lab, until I repair the other Boxes
Anyway, on top of windows XP-SP2, I installed 3 VMs:
- Windows server 2000
- Windows server 2003
- Linux (Fedora and Back|Track2)
This is what I did the first time when I first got the chance to setup a lab:
- scanning and discovering the security holes on windows 2000 server
and hardening the system and close unneeded ports (make it more secure)
Note: some may argue that windows 2000 server is too old and you won't learn anything from it.
will, it is always good thing to start from point zero and start learning, so after I feel that That I got
bored from windows 2000 server then I go to practice on windows 2003 server and so on.
- setting SAMBA on the Linux box.
Also, I found real great book called:
Practical Hacking Techniques and Countermeasureshttp://www.amazon.com/Practical-Hacking-Techniques-Countermeasures-Spivey/dp/0849370574/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196512700&sr=8-1
It shows a lot of the most common security holes and how to exploit them and close them. I wouldn't recommend it for Newbies because it doesn't explain exactly how these holes work or how did they show up.
But, it is great if you already knew about networks, at least that is my opinion.
...and I' will tell you guys more soon when I got the time.
funny thing is when someone have a lot time to kill he doesn't do any thing useful, and when someone is so busy
he remembers how could he invest his time in learning new skills.
as I said before [any comment or suggestions would be great help for me ?? ]