Getting Started in Security Instructions


Below are the instructions to get your system ready for the Intro class. Please do not run the VM from this course on a company laptop without the express permission from your IT department.

VMware Workstation

First, you will need the latest version of VMware.  

Download and Eval

You can get it here:

The Eval version should be fine.  

If you are using a Mac, you can use Fusion:

Alternative: VirtualBox

You could use VirtualBox, but it fails about 25% of the time on either networking or USB support.  You will need USB Support.   

If you hate yourself, use VirtualBox.

Otherwise, use VMware.  

BTW, we only officially support VMware for class troubleshooting!

We would advise against installing any updates; updates tend to break labs.



Next, you will need to download 7-Zip for your system.   We use 7-Zip because it is the most consistent for decompressing large files.  

Below are some options:

  • 7-Zip

  • 7-Zip support for Linux:

  • 7-Zip utility for Mac:


  • The Unarchiver:


Class Virtual Machine

Next, you will need to download the class VM:


When? NOW!

It will take some time to get it downloaded. Please start the process now…

As in, right now.

At this very moment. Unless you are on a cell network.

Then, get to a solid network connection. Home? A coffee shop parking lot? A closed motel parking lot? It does not matter. Just someplace with a solid and fast internet.

Next, you will want to extract the .7z files to a directory on your system. The exact process will change based on your system. But, usually right-clicking and extracting the files with the 7-Zip tool you chose to install will do the trick.


Import Virtual Machines

Windows VMware

Next, we need to get the VM loaded in VMWare.

To do that, Open VMWare and then select File > Open > then navigate to where you downloaded the files:

Click Import.

You may get a consistency error. If you do, do not worry. Just select Retry or Try Again. It should work.

For Fusion on a Mac:

If you are using a Mac, you can also download and extract the VM.

For example, I am using the unarchiver:

This is just one tool that can be used. This will take a while.  Please be patient.

Within Fusion, please select File > Open.

Browse to the location where you unzipped the VM file (7zip file).

Open the WINADHD file and click “Start Up”.


All passwords are just ‘adhd’ (no quotes).


Chat and QA During Training

Join the Getting Started in Security Discord server for live discussions during the training: HERE

Should you have any issues, feel free to ask in the #?tech-support channel in the Getting Started in Security Discord server.