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Any virtualisation software can only use USB wireless network cards as physical devices, all other types of wireless card are seen as virtual ethernet devices and can only be seen as a wireless device by the host and not by the guest operating system. So if you want to run BackTrack in VMWare or Virtualbox and have full wireless capabilities, make sure you are using a USB device.
And while backtrack is a great tool for pentesting the use of it
on a notebook with an emphasis on wireless will get your thread closed
very quickly as the legitimate reasons for such use are minute compared
to a simple WIFI cracking attempt.
Someone could technically want to aggressively "test" their wireless security - and the backtrack folk are pretty gung-ho on this score. It looks a few steps more towards cracking software than, say, wireshark. The addition of VMWare sort-of supports the "test security" idea. However, there are other ways to do this.