Quickly Building A Cloud Virtual Lab

Often while doing research I need temporary access to a bunch of different virtual machines. While it is possible to do this on my Macbook using VMWare Fusion or Virtualbox the overhead seems unnecessary for something I will delete in under a week.

My goto solution is a virtualization stack of:
16GB DigitalOcean Droplet + Wok + Kimchi

Here is the shell script I use to build it:

#!/bin/bash 
apt-get update &&  apt-get upgrade -y
apt-get -y install qemu qemu-kvm libvirt-bin ubuntu-vm-builder bridge-utils nginx python-cherrypy3 python-jsonschema python-m2crypto nginx python-ldap python-psutil fonts-font-awesome texlive-fonts-extra python-configobj python-parted sosreport python-imaging websockify novnc nfs-common python-ethtool open-iscsi python-guestfs libguestfs-tools spice-html5 python-paramiko 
wget http://kimchi-project.github.io/kimchi/downloads/latest/kimchi.noarch.deb
wget http://kimchi-project.github.io/wok/downloads/latest/wok.noarch.deb
wget http://kimchi-project.github.io/gingerbase/downloads/latest/ginger-base.noarch.deb
dpkg -i wok.noarch.deb
apt-get install -f -y
dpkg -i ginger-base.noarch.deb
apt-get install -f -y
dpkg -i kimchi.noarch.deb
apt-get install -f -y
reboot
#You will need to know the root password for the web interface (passwd lets you reset it).

After the server is rebooted you can access the web interface at https://ip:8001:

The next step is to add the templates you want to build VMs for:

You can use these commands to grab newer isos (there is a feature request to automate this):

cd /var/lib/kimchi/isos
wget -c http://cdimage.kali.org/kali-2017.1/kali-linux-2017.1-amd64.iso
wget -c http://releases.ubuntu.com/17.04/ubuntu-17.04-desktop-amd64.iso
wget -c http://releases.ubuntu.com/17.04/ubuntu-17.04-server-amd64.iso
wget -c http://releases.ubuntu.com/16.04/ubuntu-16.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso
wget -c http://releases.ubuntu.com/16.04/ubuntu-16.04.2-server-amd64.iso
wget -c ftp://opensuse.mirrors.ovh.net/opensuse/distribution/13.2/iso/openSUSE-13.2-DVD-x86_64.iso
wget -c http://slackware.mirrors.ovh.net/ftp.slackware.com/slackware64-14.2-iso/slackware64-14.2-install-dvd.iso
wget -c http://archlinux.mirrors.ovh.net/archlinux/iso/2016.09.03/archlinux-2016.09.03-dual.iso
wget -c https://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/25/Workstation/x86_64/iso/Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-25-1.3.iso
wget -c https://az792536.vo.msecnd.net/vms/VMBuild_20150801/VirtualBox/MSEdge/Windows/Microsoft%20Edge.Win10.For.Windows.VirtualBox.zip

Once you are done with that is is amazingly easy to spin up VMs and manage them in the browser:

I use this virtualization stack a lot in my research and it is amazing.  If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me on twitter.

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