November 14, 2019
Arsenal is unlike other digital forensics software vendors in the sense that we are consultants involved in casework first and software developers second. We build tools when we find valuable information being left behind by existing tools and techniques. In other words, if existing tools and techniques could deliver what we needed from our electronic evidence, we would happily buy or otherwise leverage them rather than launch ourselves into (often frustrating) software development. We are in a good position to know that our tools offer powerful and unique functionality, and we are doing what we can to make maximum exploitation of electronic evidence more accessible to our customers.
I once heard an interview with Todd McFarlane in which he said his company McFarlane Toys was not in competition with major toy manufacturers, but living in the gaps they left behind. For example, a major toy company might have a large number of requirements for their designers such as only applying a certain number of colors or a certain level of detail to a model. He explained that the models created by his company were not constrained by the same requirements, and were targeted at a different kind of consumer… a consumer who wanted more complex and authentic models. This interview left an impression on me, as he was describing what we do at Arsenal. We don’t build a “does everything” suite, we live in the gaps left by other digital forensics vendors and build surgical tools that expose information we could not have otherwise… which has proven incredibly valuable in our casework, and we hope in yours as well.
If you practice digital forensics and are familiar with the powerful and unique things our tools can do, please let others know… you will be helping us with our mission, as we work hard to help you with yours.
We have an exciting 2021 in store for Arsenal customers. To kick things off, we are extending our educational program (basically, free licenses!) to cover law enforcement and military training.
While we recommend that Hyper-V and AIM be run on “bare metal” (particularly when launching virtual machines), we have recently heard from our customers that they have successfully run both Hyper-V and AIM within VMware.
This article will briefly summarize the features of AIM’s Free and Professional Modes, explain the requirements for running AIM, and demonstrate how to launch virtual machines and mount Volume Shadow Copies (VSCs) from AIM-mounted disk images.
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