I don’t plan to regularly post about tool updates, but I figured there’s enough in the most recent update to VSC Toolset that I might want to write a bit about it. As indicated by the title of this post, the biggest change incorporates the ability to browse shadow copies using an Explorer-like interface. Although you can easily write a batch file to list the directory contents of each shadow copy, it’s nice to be able to see the directory structure. The “Browse Selected VSCs” button will open all selected linked VSCs. This allows you to open a directory view of two (or more) shadow copies and view them side by side to visually see the differences between them. If you find it easier to view the directory contents in another view mode other than “Details”, you can right-click on the list view pane and select a different view mode.
I’ve also tweaked how the VSCs are listed in the main interface. For example, when you’re viewing a list of the shadow copies on a drive, you will no longer see “ShadowCopy1”, “ShadowCopy2”, etc.. Instead, you should see something like “VSC1: 4/24/2012”, “VSC2: 5/12/2012”, etc.. Including the date right beside the listing makes it quicker to determine which VSC(s) you may be interested in, based on the creation date.
Other minor updates include:
- Removed the “List Shadows” button – shadow copies are now automatically listed upon selecting the drive letter
- Logging is now in local time instead of UTC
- Added an “Open Output Folder” button that…well, opens the output folder
- Added another parameter input box, allowing for up to three additional parameters that can be specified at run time to execute against one or more shadow copies using a simple batch script
- As noted in the release notes of another recent update, jump lists and custom RegRipper plugin files now have built-in functionality with VSC Toolset (see here for more details).
For tips on setting up and using VSC Toolset, check out this blog post. To get the most out of the program, you’ll need the accompanying tools below. Also, keep in mind that with the exception of RegRipper, all accompanying executable files and scripts should be stored in the same directory as the VSC Toolset executable in order for the program to see them.
- ActiveState Perl
- jl.pl script (available in the wfa3e files)
- lslnk-directory-parse2.pl script (download from the Win4n6 group under FilesTools)
- diff.exe (included with the UnxUtils package)