VFC, which was first launched to the forensic community in 2007, is the original virtualisation solution for the forensic investigator. Version 4 (VFC4) includes some great new features, as requested by users. These enhanced features come alongside a faster, more powerful version of VFC.
Virtual Forensic Computing software is often considered an essential tool for Forensic Investigators, as it allows for seamless recreation of a digital crime scene using the original evidence.
VFC works alongside VMware’s Workstation Player or Workstation Pro and Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) to replicate the suspect’s desktop in a virtual environment.
VMware, in our experience at least, is the most reliable virtualisation tool out there which makes for a smoother user experience. VFC makes VMware do things it wasn’t built to do, fixing errors automatically to save the user hours of complex problem-solving. VMware’s inherent stability helps with this.
For Law Enforcement, no further purchase is necessary since VMware’s Workstation Player is free for non-commercial use. FTK Imager from AccessData is freely available to download and can be used as a no-nonsense mounting tool, however investigators are not tied to particular mounting programs.
VFC works with write-blocked physical drives, Unix-style DD images or mounted forensic images. The software interrogates the target drive to gather relevant system information so that it can very quickly build the VMware framework to create a forensic replica of the target system (the exhibit) as a Virtual Machine (VM). VFC achieves this by following accepted forensic practices while simultaneously and automatically fixing a multitude of known problems to avoid BSOD and driver errors and save the user hours of manual diagnosis and repair.
The resulting VFC VM is launched in VMware to enable the user to navigate around the suspect’s desktop as if they had literally turned on their machine. Any network connections are disabled by default to ensure a secure environment.
VFC now offers the option to add hardware to an existing VFC VM (e.g. to rebuild a tower system with multiple drives) and the capability to export a standalone clone of a VM for further investigation without tying up the forensic workstation further.