Kali quickstart

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sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade -y


  • Download the "bare metal" primary ISO
  • Push the ISO to proxmox
  • Create a VM with it
  • Update sshd to only allow one user through with a proper key auth
AllowTcpForwarding yes
PasswordAuthentication no
KbdInteractiveAuthentication no
ChallengeResponseAuthentication no
UsePAM no
AllowUsers #just_my_user#
  • Enable and start the ssh service
sudo systemctl enable ssh.service
sudo systemctl start ssh.service


  • Edit the .zshrc file to add a banner, bump up the history size, etc.
emacs ~/.zshrc
  • Update the terminal color to my fave
Terminal > File > Preferences > Color scheme > SolarizedLight
  • Disable "display power management" to prevent screen locking
Kali menu > Settings > Power Management > Display > Display power management > Toggle OFF