If I'm running a pen test using nmap via public Internet to 12 IPs at a time
a) what's the PC configuration recommended?
64bit CPU ? Is Thinkpad X201 good enough?
How much RAM?
Good to have SSD for faster scan?
b) For nmap Ver 7.25, can Win XP SP3 or Windows 7 Professional (32 or 64bit)
c) do we need to pre-install with WinPCcap & MS C++ before installing nmap?
which of the two to install 1st?
d) do we need to disable AV (I have McAfee), antimalware ( the other PC on
Malwarebytes) , "data loss prevention" (Code Green) & Windows Firewall
to stop any possible 'blocks' by these tools?
e) if we were to stop any AV or antimalware indicated in item d above, is
there a risk of the laptop getting infected during the scan & possibly
this infection move on to the target IPs being scanned? If so, do we
still leave the AV/AM alone (ie running) on the laptop? Is it crucial
that the Windows laptop is patched to the latest in case it get
attacked during the scan or I just have to take precaution not to
browse any website nor run any other software (other than the
scanner) during the scan & I should be quite safe even without
up-to-date patches on the laptop?
f) attached is a list of scripts that comes with the nmap 7.25 installer.
Are they complete & up-to-date so much so that I could run
"--script all" (& certainly with -T4 so as not to affect production service)?