Surviving Digital Forensics: Paladin Virtual Machine

Learn how to create a computer forensic virtual machine using Paladin.
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  • Lectures 5
  • Length 34 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2014 English

Course Description

All SDF courses may now be found at SUMURI.COM. This course will remain live in UDEMY for existing students.

This class will teach you how to create a forensic virtual machine using Paladin and other free software in under one hour. Paladin is a pre-made computer forensic platform loaded with Linux-based forensic tools, so why not have it at the ready as a virtual machine for when you need it? You can create it in a few easy steps and once you get the hang of it you may create other virtual machines using many of the common forensic boot discs that are available.

The class begins with a brief background on Virtualbox and Paladin to give you a basic understanding of not only where to find and download the software, but the benefit of both programs. In particular, Paladin is filled with many forensic tools and getting an overview of what Paladin has to offer let's you more fully appreciate it as a computer forensic platform. Understanding Virtualbox will allow you to use this tool beyond the scope of this lesson. It will also reduce the learning curve in getting your virtual machines set up and running smoothly. After this it is all hands-on. Videos will walk you through setting up Virtualbox and linking it to the Paladin .ISO.

In this class you will learn:

  • How to set up Virtualbox to boot to .ISO images
  • How to run Paladin as a virtual machine
  • Learn about Paladin as a forensic platform
  • Get an introduction to the forensic tools on Paladin
  • Get an introduction to the Paladin Toolbox
  • Learn some basic trouble shooting tip when using Virtualbox to keep your .ISO based machines running smoothly

What are the requirements?

  • Mac or PC
  • Paladin Software (free from Sumuri)
  • VirtualBox Software (free)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to use Virtualbox to boot to .ISO images
  • Learn about Paladin as a forensic platform
  • Learn how to run Paladin as a virtual machine
  • Learn about the benefits of having a pre-compiled forensic platform, such as Paladin, as a Virtual machine
  • Get a peek at the Linux based forensic tools on Paladin
  • Get a peek at the Paladin Toolbox
  • Learn some basic trouble shooting tips for setting up and running a forensic virtual machine on Virtualbox

Who is the target audience?

  • Computer Forensic Analysts
  • IT Professionals
  • Students

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Creating a Paladin Virtual machine: Foundation

Before we create our Paladin virtual machine, let's talk about the process, tools we will need and what forensic tools Paladin comes with. This training module is a presentation and discussion that addresses all these questions to give us the foundation to move forward.


Before we go forward, let's go over the steps necessary to create a Paladin Virtual Machine.

Section 2: Creating the virtual machine

Now let's do it! This is the video tutorial of how to create a Paladin Virtual Machine.


Now that our Paladin Virtual Machine is up and running let's take a look at Paladin and some ins and outs of how to effectively use VirtualBox as a forensic platform.

Section 3: Conclusion

Thanks for joining me in another addition of Surviving Digital Forensics. New classes are added on a rolling basis to check us out again.

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Instructor Biography

Michael Leclair, Computer Forensic Analyst

Over twelve years of experience as a Computer Forensic Analyst, author and developer of computer forensic training and analysis tools. Specialties include: Windows forensics, Mac forensics, iOS forensics, Mac Server forensics & mobile device forensics. Creator of the "Surviving Digital Forensics" series and part of SUMURI's RECON for Mac OS X development team.

Certifications include: CFCE, CISSP, CCE, EnCE, A+, Network+

Regularly instruct law enforcement, government and corporate investigators both nationally and internationally in computer forensics.

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