Autopsy User Documentation  4.19.3
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Manifest Tool

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Overview

Manifest Tool is an executable designed to assist in the automated creation of manifest files which are necessary to run Auto Ingest on a data source. There is no installation necessary. To use the tool double click on Manifest Tool executable, when it opens select the option with the algorithm you wish to run from the combo box, and fill in all the available settings before clicking the Run button. A log with the success or failure of each manifest file it attempts to create will appear in the progress area.

Output

The output of the Manifest Tool will be XML files ending in _Manifest.xml.

One Data Source Per Folder

The One Data Source Per Folder algorithm is designed for a specific use case when the case folder contains multiple subfolders, with each generally containing one data data source of a short list of types. Please see One Data Source Per Folder Algorithm Specifics for details on this algorithm.

To use this algorithm, use the Browse button to select a root folder as the case directory. Then select the Run button to generate manifest files for each of the data sources detected. A manifest file will be generated for each subfolder of the selected root folder, the manifest files will be placed inside the selected root folder.

Single Data Source

The Single Data Source algorithm is for creating a manifest file for a single image or logical file with a user specified case name.

To use this algorithm, use the Browse button to select a file to use as your data source, and enter a case name in the case name field. Then select the Run button to generate a manifest file. The manifest file will be created in the same folder as your selected data source.

Folder of Logical Files

The Folder of Logical Files algorithm is for creating a single manifest file for an entire folder of files which will all be ingested as logical files.

To use this algorithm, use the Browse button to select a folder to add as a folder of logical files, and enter a case name in the case name field. Then select the Run button to generate a manifest file. The manifest file will be created in the parent folder of your selected folder of logical files.

Example

Given a root folder that looks like this:

manifest_tool_root_folder.png

A user having selected the One Data Source Per Folder algorithm will get output that looks like the following, where a manifest now exists for each non-empty subfolder. The root folder's name will be used as the case name in the manifest files (in this example the case name will be TestCaseFolder.)

manifest_tool_ui.png

The contents of an XML file will have the following format:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?>
<AutopsyManifest>
<CaseName>TestCaseFolder</CaseName>
<DataSource>interestingL01\interesting_files2.L01</DataSource>
</AutopsyManifest>

One Data Source Per Folder Algorithm Specifics


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