I decided to create this post to show people how to get up and running. Ideally you would want to have a workstation (host) and multiple VMs which can be numerous ISO’s for you to practice on. For people to learn how to get started this video explains a lot of initial setup. This shows the ISO Metasploitable. There is a bunch of video’s on this topic but this one seems the most thorough and clear. I’ll continue to update this post with new links to some of my favorite VMs and links.
SANS Suggestions from 2014 – Pentest Lab Hardware – https://pen-testing.sans.org/blog/2014/02/27/building-a-pen-test-infrastructure-hacking-at-home-on-the-cheap