Metasploit Pro is a powerful penetration testing tool that helps you find and exploit vulnerabilities in your network. Metasploit Pro requires a license key to activate and use the product. You can activate Metasploit Pro online or offline, depending on your network situation. In this article, we will show you how to activate Metasploit Pro offline using an offline activation file.
What is an Offline Activation File
An offline activation file is a zip file that contains the information needed to activate Metasploit Pro without an internet connection. Offline activation files are reserved for customers with network isolation requirements and are available through Rapid7 Support[^3^]. You should have received a zip file similar to user_license.zip after requesting an offline activation file from Rapid7 Support. You do not need to unzip the file to activate your license.
How to Activate Metasploit Pro Offline
To activate Metasploit Pro offline, you need to have the offline activation file and the Metasploit Pro installer on the same system. You also need to have root or admin privileges on the system to install and activate Metasploit Pro. The following steps will guide you through the offline activation process:
Visit https://www.rapid7.com/products/metasploit/download/pro/thank-you and download the Windows installer[^2^].
After you download the installer, locate the installer file and double-click on the installer icon.
When the Setup screen appears, click Next to continue.
Read the license agreement. To proceed, you must accept the license agreement.
Select a destination folder for Metasploit Pro and click Next.
Select a port for Metasploit Pro to use and click Next.
Click Install to begin the installation process.
When the installation is complete, click Finish.
Open a web browser and go to https://localhost:3790/setup/activation.
Navigate to Administration > Software License.
Click on Offline Activation.
On the next screen, click Choose File and navigate to where the offline activation file is saved.
Click Activate Product.
Congratulations! You have successfully activated Metasploit Pro offline. You can now start using Metasploit Pro to perform penetration testing on your network.
How to Use Metasploit Pro
Metasploit Pro is a user-friendly interface that allows you to perform various penetration testing tasks, such as scanning, exploiting, pivoting, credential harvesting, web application testing, social engineering, and reporting. You can access Metasploit Pro from any web browser on your network. To use Metasploit Pro, follow these steps:
Open a web browser and go to https://localhost:3790.
Log in with the default credentials: username: msfadmin password: msfadmin.
Change your password and set up your email settings.
Create a new project or open an existing one.
Configure your project settings, such as target hosts, scan templates, exploit modules, payloads, and evasion options.
Launch your scan and wait for the results.
Analyze the scan results and identify the vulnerabilities and exploits that you can use.
Launch your exploits and gain access to the target systems.
Collect evidence and credentials from the compromised systems.
Pivot to other systems on the network and repeat the process.
Create a report that summarizes your findings and recommendations.
For more information on how to use Metasploit Pro, you can refer to the Metasploit Documentation or contact Rapid7 Support for assistance. aa16f39245