This is just a quick blog post because I felt that I made signifcant progress up to this point. A more detailed post will be written later.
This week I was able to get through the majority of the content. I decided to watch all of the videos first. Once I completely finish those, I will read the PDF and continue to go back through everyone once more.
After getting bored of watching videos for hours non-stop, I decided to just go right into the labs. After a lot of experimentation, I was able to get user on one lab machine which was super exciting. I still need to get root though, but I have a lot better understanding of some of the tools that are mentioned in the course material. Something interesting is that I think I am starting to develop a methodology for enumerating the lab machines and gaining an understanding of what to try. It may be biased, but I feel like the box I got user on was a lot of overlooking the simple things in front of me.