I'm new to HTB. In fact I'm pretty new to pen testing, forensics etc in general. I'm a developer by trade and I'm just starting to study digital forensics as I want to move more in to that area in the next few years, especially malware analysis and IR.
I've set up VMWare Fusion Pro on my production Mac and have Kali set up and working. I've been using the "Host-only" network adapter setting which is "private to my Mac". With this I'm able to connect to other VM boxes on that same configuration.
I've been searching for information on network configuration but I'm struggling to find clear info on best practice. My main question is, is it generally ok to use a production machine as long as you are using a VM? I'm going to be analysing malware and trying some challenges on HTB and I don't want to compromise my production Mac for obvious reasons as I use it for web development projects and client work. I do have a MacBook which I could use instead but HD space is limited on that so I would prefer to use my main Mac if possible.
Are boxes in VMWare self-contained or can they connect back to the host machine? I need to be able to communicate between Kali and the vuln box(es) but I want neither to be able to connect back to the host.
Any advice would be hugely appreciated and I know this is a noob question but I'd prefer to ask and get it right that stumble my way through something this important.