This setup is based from tempest’s great guide (most current version still in beta): http://yuxv6qujajqvmypv.onion/betadownload.html > p379-433 which is listed in topic: https://www.whonix.org/forum/index.php/topic,156.0.html and whonix wiki content based on .vdi creation which I cannot find the link to.
I cloned my Gateway and Workstation using Virtual Box then set them as “immutable” drives. Next a “storage” folder was created in the Workstation and set as “writethrough” so it persists through each new use.
With this setup, every time I start the cloned Gateway and Workstation (called Gateway [Mitigated] and Workstation [Mitigated] in tempest’s guide) it loads the most current snapshot of the cloned/[Mitigated] drives and the only thing that saves data through each restart is the storage folder created. Everything else is reverted to the most recent snapshot. I am trying to understand the potential dangers of doing this.
-By using these cloned drives which load the current snapshot, will it be easier to de-anonymize me?
-Will I be assigned the same Tor exit nodes/circuits every time until I create a new snapshot?
-Does Whonix normally keep the same Tor nodes/circuits every start up or does it establish new ones each start?
-Would it be advised to restart/reload Tor on each bootup of the cloned Gateway, or would that serve no purpose?
-Any other potential risks anyone can think of to this kind of setup?
Sorry if I am misunderstanding how something operates, this stuff is tricky for me.