I'm looking to create a virtual machine (perhaps multiple) running Windows (either XP, 7, or 10) for malware analysis. The physical computer that these VMs will running on is my main Windows 10 desktop that I use for practically everything. I don't want it to get infected.
What precautions should I take in terms of isolating the virtual machines? To expand on that, what networking settings should I have? Should I use the guest additions? What do I do with the shared clipboard? Is hardware acceleration safe to enable? Should I disable page fusion? Should I tweak the settings inside of Windows in the VMs to be more secure (I heard that Windows 10 updates are peer to peer)?
Also, how would I configure a Linux distro to safely monitor the traffic from these VMs later down the line? This isn't urgent as I first plan to do static analysis.
My apologies for the influx of questions. Most of the guides I found on this seem either incomplete or are written for VMware. I thought that it would be better to just ask everything in one thread as opposed to posting many later down the line.