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Post by hex_wannabe on Sun May 11, 2008 12:20 am
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Heya guys.
Thanks to the funding of my parents, and a bit of creative exploration, I have got my hands on a network switch, four computers and some network cable. And after spending a bit of time in the last few days I've installed Windows Xp Pro on two computers and I'm currently installing Ubuntu on a third. I'm still debating what to use for the fourth computer, preferably windows because me and my mates are complete noobs.
But enough background info,
I plan to use the network for hacking and learning network security. A couple of mates will be joining me for wargame sessions on the network. Does anyone have suggestions for challenges, the sort of operating systems I should be using or anything like that? I'm running Apache on one computer (an Xp Pro) and I've left a few vulnerabilities in the website I've made for my friends to use (They are absolute beginners, even I have an edge over them)
Can anyone suggest any thing I should be doing to the computers to make them easier to start hacking on? I'm really not to sure where to start.

Thanks in advance
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Re: My network

Post by dougary on Sun May 11, 2008 2:16 pm
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Make sure you have a firewall between you and the internet, or don't connect this network to the Internet at all. If you do, you might find that someone else is using your lab.

Operating systems, try XP pre SP2. Or if you can get your hands on it, XP 2000.
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Re: My network

Post by yourmysin on Sun May 11, 2008 4:40 pm
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XP 2000? lol

Anyways, grab a copy of DVL (Damn Vulnerable Linux). Although, if you are more interested in network hacking you should grab a copy of windows server. Learn about DNS and zone transferring.
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Re: My network

Post by hex_wannabe on Sun May 11, 2008 8:21 pm
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It's not going anywhere near the internet. Can't remember if its Sp2 or not. Any reason for 2000?
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Re: My network

Post by yourmysin on Sun May 11, 2008 9:08 pm
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2000 is just another OS with different vulnerabilities. Also, windows 2000 is definitely still used today in business and home environments. You could also boot up a windows 98se machine although they are less likely to be seen.
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Re: My network

Post by hex_wannabe on Mon May 12, 2008 12:35 am
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Yeah, I've got the 98 SE disk lieing around. I decided to go with xp because it still seems to be the most commonly used. Still haven't decided what to make the fourth computer, but it's probably going to be xp pro (for the time being at least)
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Re: My network

Post by hex_wannabe on Tue May 13, 2008 12:31 am
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UPDATE: Getting my sweaty little hands on Windows Server, so I'm going to be using that shortly....
Anyone here used it before? I could just google how to configure it...but I'm just lazy, and you guys are so nice! (Suck up aren't I)
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Re: My network

Post by yourmysin on Tue May 13, 2008 7:00 pm
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Installing it is easy. Look for an E-book designated for the MCSE 70-290 exam. This will teach you most of what you need to know.
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Re: My network

Post by hex_wannabe on Wed May 14, 2008 3:00 am
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What a headache.
Alright, now I'm going to have to turn this into a 'please help me' thread.
Has anyone setup a network using windows server 2000? My other boxes are all XP Pro, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to make some changes to them as well. But first things first:
The server is using 10.10.1.1 as it's IP, but the rest of my network is operating in the range of 155.0.0.* is this going to cause a problem?
Assuming thats not going to cause any problems at any point in time, how do I configure the Xp boxes to login to an account on the server? (Like how schools do things, each person logs into an account on the server)
Could anyone at least point me to some understandable tutorials?
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Re: My network

Post by yourmysin on Wed May 14, 2008 10:36 am
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First of all, why exactly are you using 155.*.*.* ?

Anyways, just configure a domain controller with user accounts. Set your computers up to login to the domain rather then the workgroup.
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