It’s unfortunate, but while I was working on a machine I previously had trouble with, I got root on it but also happened to find the network-secrets.txt for the IT network! It took around 3 hours to finally get a stable meterpreter session, but I found that you can migrate processes into something more stable. That ended up being the key.
Today, my lab time officially ended. I was able to root the following: punchout | kraken | mike | core | hotline | gh0st | leftturn | susie | alice | bob | joe | dj | kevin | alpha | tophat | jd
While it’s a lot less than I originally anticipated, I am happy with my progress. When I was first getting started, I was completely lost and it took me a ridiculous amount of time to figure out where to begin.