Virtual systems of all types are becoming ubiquitous. Many businesses host terabytes of data in clouds; individuals use virtual machines to give them access to a variety of platforms on a single desktop. Virtualization is a major component of modern IT systems, and therefore, has a significant impact on many forensic investigations.

Types of Virtual Systems

Virtual systems encompass a broad range of disparate technologies—everything from the virtual machine you might install on your local system to the clouds used by so many ...

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