Q&A Good Laptop for penetration Testing and network simulation

DDE_Server

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Hi Malware tips Pros
i want your opinion for laptop for work/learning/personal which can handle a lot of virtual machines in working at the same time "for example 6 or 7 VMs".
here is my requirements :
  1. i want to learn hacking courses such as CEH/CHFI which require more than OS Labs and some tools consume a lot of computing power such as password cracking /DoS attack tools, .etc
  2. Developing Network simulation using GNS3 which may connect multiple PC VMs as hosts "simulate large network architecture
  3. Gaming is not requirement.
  4. Software Development in the future
so i want very powerful processor "if it support hyperthreading" and high number of cores/i want avoid upgrade for long period of time in the future
 
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The_King

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Go with a 4800H rather than 4600h the extra cores will definitely help with multi VMs.
 

DDE_Server

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No laptop will be able to support 6 or 7 VMs running simultaneously. If you intend upon doing that, then you need a tower PC with a top processor and at least 32 GB RAM. You can self-build such a tower PC easily with your budget.
Portability is very important for me if i learn certain course and need fast access to my created labs. i thought to have desktop with remove access but i think i want laptop if i wanted to travel it wanted be easier to handle
Most pentest learning labs only require 2 or 3 active VMs for the lessons. If you use HTB or Vulnhub, then those are hosted on remote servers, instead of running them on your local host.
Not that match . i was learning CEH in ECCouncil there was more than 5 OS "kali linux/ old vulnerable system for windows server/consumer version hosted on ECCouncil cloud
there is laptop capable of that with enough processor / RAM resources. actually i am running more than 5 VM on my Lenovo Thinkpad 52 laptop.see screenshot
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Don't use an HDD system. It's obsolete hardware and will make your system a complete waste of money because the VMs will crawl. You need a 1 TB SSD.
i will upgrade in near future with another SSD M2 type
 

DDE_Server

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There is a webcam.

I know about this laptop as I use it for OSCP. I got it on sale in USA as open box for 1075 Euros, then with shipping and tax to EU it was an additional 150 Euros.
you are taking OSCP. :D that is my next thinking about certificate. i am preparing for ISA secure now
Regarding Labtop , i am thinking yo purchase desktop and configure remote access to it from my laptop instead
 
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