Some questions and observations about Arsenal Image Mounter (AIM). Information about this very useful suite of applications appears a bit scattered, so I thought it might be useful to start this topic.
The following information has been copied from the Arsenal Image Mounter GitHub page (here) -
Arsenal Image Mounter mounts the contents of disk images as complete disks in Microsoft Windows. Arsenal Image Mounter includes a virtual SCSI adapter (via a unique Storport miniport driver) which allows users to benefit from disk-specific features in Windows like integration with Disk Manager, access to Volume Shadow Copies, and more. As far as Windows is concerned, the contents of disk images mounted by Arsenal Image Mounter are “real” SCSI disks....
The GitHub repository contains a lot of files and even with the included documentation it's a bit confusing knowing which files to use. This post is based on my understanding of the current files that you may want to use to test/use Arsenal Image Mounter.
Licensing is not covered in any detail in this topic and is a bit complicated due to a dual licence arrangement. Arsenal Image Mounter appears to be free for non-commercial use, with additional features available in a commercial version. Please refer to the GitHub page and the Arsenal Recon website (here) for more information.
The majority of the AIM tools have a .NET 4.0 dependency. The main reason for the .NET dependency appears to be due to the close integration of the DiscUtils library used to handle common disk image formats -
DiscUtils is a .NET library to read and write ISO files and Virtual Machine disk files (VHD, VDI, XVA, VMDK, etc). DiscUtils is developed in C# with no native code (or P/Invoke)....
The following Arsenal Image mounter executables have a Graphic User Interface and I suspect that most people will use one of these files. Please note that they both have a .NET dependency -
Arsenal Image Mounter files include -
- ArsenalImageMounter.exe - see post number #2
- ArsenalImageMounterMountTool.exe - see post number #3
- ArsenalImageMounterCLISetup.exe - see post number #4
- ArsenalImageMounterGUISetup.exe - see post number #5
- aim_cli.exe - see post number #6
- aim_ll.exe - see post number #7