Mounting VMDK files in Linux
Well it’s been a while since I’ve posted and I apologize for that. I do have some ideas for posts “in the hopper” but I haven’t had a chance to sit down and really work on them. I’m hoping with some “life changes” coming up this year I’ll have the opportunity to write more. But we’ll see.
Anyway, I was looking for an easy way to mount VMDK files on my Linux box so I could do forensic analysis on the images. Similar to how I’ve done things in the past with E01 files. I didn’t really want to image the VM and then analyze it, since most of the time I’m using VM’s for testing.
So this will be short and sweet, but first a couple of caveats:
1) I have not tested this against split VMDK files yet, but I’m thinking it should work.
2) I haven’t even considered testing this against VM snapshot images, but I’m guessing that will not work.
3) You need to have AFFLIB installed and working
That being said, this post was inspired by Sketchymoose’s post…
She talks about downloading the Virtual Disk Development kit, but one item in the post caught my eye:
“I first discovered I had to add the ‘-i aff’ parameter to get mmls to determine the disk structure of the vmdk file.”
I thought hey, there’s affuse!
affuse <vmdk file> /mount/point
ex: affuse windows7.vmdk /mnt/aff
mmls -t dos <mount point>/<vmdk file name>.raw
ex: mmls -t dos /mnt/aff/windows7.vmdk.raw
mount -o ro,loop,show_sys_files,streams_interface=windows,offset=<offset> <mount point>/<vmdk file>.raw /mount/point
ex: mount -o ro,loop,show_sys_files,streams_interface=windows,offset=1048576 /mnt/aff/windows7.vmdk.raw /mnt/windows
And voila! /mnt/windows now contains the file structure of the VMDK image!
I’m sure someone else figured this out, but a google search didn’t come up with anything when I added AFF to the search query (for me at least). So I thought I would share…
Also, keep in mind you can still use the -i AFF with TSK and VMDK images if you don’t need to mount it…
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