Install & Configure BackTrack


You will need to download the BackTrack 4 or 5 operating system which you can find at: . You can download either an .iso file which you will need to burn as a disc image or you can download a VMware image of the operating system which you can open as a virtual machine through the VMware Player in Windows. If you decide to use the VMware image you will need to download the free version of VMware Player as well. You can find it here:

Once you have BackTrack installed and running you will want to know how to do the following things:

Login, the default is:
login: root
password: toor

Change the root password:
<enter your new password twice>

Launch the Xwindows graphical user interface:

To bring up your network interfaces and be able to get online:
Check what interfaces you have (eth0, eth1, wlan0, etc.)

For a wireless network card running DHCP
#iwconfig wlan0 mode managed key <your wep key>
#iwconfig wlan0 essid <your ssid>
#ifconfig wlan0 up
#dhclient wlan0

For a wired network card running DHCP
#ifconfig eth0 up
#dhclient eth0

For a manual configuration instead of running the DHCP client
#ifconfig eth0 <your desired ip address and /subnet mask -e.g.>
#route add default gw
#echo nameserver > /etc/resolv.conf

Now test your connection by running a ping command or opening a website in your browser

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Author: Dan

Dan teaches computer networking and security classes at Central Oregon Community College.

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