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Ibernato
(@ibernato)
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Hi,
I'm doing a project where I talk about the forensic cloud in general and the difference between digital and cloud forensics. Now I should simulate a real case using a virtual machine on my computer. (I know it's different from the forensic cloud) In particular I have to examine windows server or ubuntu server.
I don't know how to proceed. I was asked to examine the artifacts and if there are any particular structures compared to the classic windows.
Do you have suggestions? Which tools to use?

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Posted : 10/05/2019 11:48 am
mrevoluter
(@mrevoluter)
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Hi Ibernato,
1.You have asked a very different kind of a question, if you are going to carry out the forensics of a server let it be windows or Linux, first thing need to consider the typical way of its storage system.
2. Most of the servers run on a raid storage system. Though few forensic tools claim to carry out the static forensic imaging of a raid system. I would recommend you to go for a logical imaging.
3. Use FTK imager to carry out the forensic imaging of the system. This link https://www.hackingarticles.in/step-by-step-tutorial-of-ftk-imager-beginners-guide/ would help you out.
4. Later you could carry on your general digital forensics.
5. For cloud forensics there are various limitations starting from taking permission from the cloud hoster.
6. Hope this is helpful.

Disclaimer I don't know whether I could use other websites links in this blog. If it is not permitted I will not repeat.

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Posted : 10/05/2019 2:42 pm
keydet89
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In particular I have to examine windows server or ubuntu server.

I don't know how to proceed. I was asked to examine the artifacts and if there are any particular structures compared to the classic windows.

What do you consider "classic" Windows?

Do you have suggestions? Which tools to use?

I'd start with picking a system…Windows or Ubuntu.

If the VM file is a *.vmdk, you can access this easily with FTK Imager, and view the file system.

From there, the tools you use would be predicated upon your analysis goals…what are you hoping to prove/disprove?

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Posted : 10/05/2019 11:06 pm
Ibernato
(@ibernato)
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Hi Ibernato,
1.You have asked a very different kind of a question, if you are going to carry out the forensics of a server let it be windows or Linux, first thing need to consider the typical way of its storage system.
2. Most of the servers run on a raid storage system. Though few forensic tools claim to carry out the static forensic imaging of a raid system. I would recommend you to go for a logical imaging.
3. Use FTK imager to carry out the forensic imaging of the system. This link https://www.hackingarticles.in/step-by-step-tutorial-of-ftk-imager-beginners-guide/ would help you out.
4. Later you could carry on your general digital forensics.
5. For cloud forensics there are various limitations starting from taking permission from the cloud hoster.
6. Hope this is helpful.

Disclaimer I don't know whether I could use other websites links in this blog. If it is not permitted I will not repeat.

Thanks )

From there, the tools you use would be predicated upon your analysis goals…what are you hoping to prove/disprove?

I need to analyze a server. Log files, if there have been registry changes, if there was a malware attack. In short, these things here

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Posted : 14/05/2019 9:13 am
trewmte
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Ibernato, what type of windows server might you be investigating?

Windows Nano Server?

Books worth reading (1-5) as they contain information about the research points mentioned in your posts..

1) Getting Started With Windows Nano Server

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Nano Server is a new headless, 64-bit only, deployment option in Windows Server 2016 that has been optimized for data centers and for next-generation, distributed applications. Nano Server is the future of Windows Server; it is similar to Windows Server in Server Core mode, but significantly smaller, has no local logon capability, and only supports 64-bit applications, tools, and agents. It takes up far less disk space, sets up significantly faster, and requires far fewer updates and restarts much faster than Server with Desktop Experience.

2) Windows-Server-2016-Hyper-V-Cookbook
****e.g. Collecting artifacts for forensic examination

3) Mastering Windows Server 2016

4) Identity with Windows Server 2016 Exam 70-742 Lab Manual

5) Windows Server 2016 Complete Study Guide Exam 70-740, 70-741, 70-742

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Posted : 14/05/2019 11:09 am
keydet89
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From there, the tools you use would be predicated upon your analysis goals…what are you hoping to prove/disprove?

I need to analyze a server. Log files, if there have been registry changes, if there was a malware attack. In short, these things here

Thanks, but that doesn't answer the question…analyze a server for _what_?

For your benefit, here is a means for framing your analysis goals…

What is the question you are trying to answer? What are you trying to prove/disprove?

Are you trying to determine if a "malware attack" took place? If that's the case, how would you go about doing so?

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Posted : 14/05/2019 1:00 pm
Ibernato
(@ibernato)
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From there, the tools you use would be predicated upon your analysis goals…what are you hoping to prove/disprove?

I need to analyze a server. Log files, if there have been registry changes, if there was a malware attack. In short, these things here

Thanks, but that doesn't answer the question…analyze a server for _what_?

For your benefit, here is a means for framing your analysis goals…

What is the question you are trying to answer? What are you trying to prove/disprove?

Are you trying to determine if a "malware attack" took place? If that's the case, how would you go about doing so?

This is a university project.
I was told to talk about the forensic cloud in general and to simulate a forensic analysis on a server (windows or linux)
Registry, LOG, etc.
Do you understand?
Thanks.

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Posted : 14/05/2019 2:14 pm
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