Adding scan tasks

Before starting a scan, you'll need to specify a task list for the scanner.

Quick Add

Type what you'd like to scan into the Quick Add field and press Enter

Here you can type in the following:

  • Network name
    • PC321
    • host.domain.com

  • IP-address
    • 192.168.0.1

  • Subnet
    • 192.168.0.0/24 (allowed CIDR notation number range: from 16 to 30)
    • 192.168.0.0/255.255.255.0 (allowed masks range from 255.255.0.0 to 255.255.255.252)

  • IP range
    • 192.168.0.1-192.168.0.254
    • 192.168.0.1-192.168.2.150

(the total number of hosts must not exceed 65536, i.e. X.X.0.0-X.X.255.255)

  • Shortened IP range
    • 192.168.0.1-254
    • 192.168.0.1,5,7
    • 192.168.0.1-50,125,130
    • 192.168.0-3,5,7.1-254

  • Windows workgroup name (prefixed with WG:)
    • WG:MSHOME

  • Domain controller

Hostname or IP address of a controller prefixed with AD:

    • AD:10.0.0.1
    • AD:servername

This works even when your PC is not in a domain.

  • LDAP notation
    • LDAP://OU=Seattle,OU=Washington,OU=USA,DC=company,DC=local

Only works when your PC is in a domain.

  • Shortened LDAP notation

There are several ways of defining an Active Directory object. These notations are converted into LDAP and can only be used from inside a domain:

    • Domain
      • DC:company
      • DC:company.local
    • Container
      • CN:Computers
    • Organizational unit
      • OU:Seattle
      • OU:Seattle.Washington.USA

  • Exception task

A hostname or an IP address of a node that needs not to be scanned, should be prefixed with a "-". Such assets will be marked in the Scanner with the corresponded icon ():

    • -APACHESERVER ()
    • -10.0.0.1 ()

 

The Quick Add field stores the history of commands you typed in, similar to how Windows command prompt does. Browse recently used commands using the up and down arrow keys.

When adding a scan task, you can specify its type.

Add task: adds a scan task or asset for scanning.
Add exception: the specified scan task or asset will be skipped during the scan.
Add as Windows workgroup and Add as Active directory unit: these two options add scan tasks of the corresponding type and allow you to omit the WG: and LDAP:// parameters respectively.

Example:

Instead of entering the full path "LDAP://OU=USA,DC=company,DC=local", you can just enter "USA" and select Add as Active directory unit from the menu.

In order to add tasks of this type, the remote assets must be in the same domain.

Sidebar

 
The Add scan task group on the sidebar contains these items:

  • This PC: adds a task for scanning the computer that's running the current instance of TNI.
  • All assets: adds tasks for rescanning of each asset in the storage.
  • Selected assets: adds tasks for rescanning of the selected assets.
  • IP networks

This group contains automatically detected networks that your network adapters are set up to use.

  • Windows network

Here, all visible Windows workgroups are listed.

  • Active Directory

Your default naming context and root domain naming context are presented here.

The Connect to domain option allows to use another domain controller. It has the same effect as typing AD:<hostname or IP of a domain controller> into the Quick Add field.

Rescanning network nodes

You can create tasks for rescanning the existing nodes in several ways:

  1. Simply type the hostnames or addresses of assets into the Quick Add field;
  2. Select the corresponding nodes in the Network tree with your mouse or using Shift or Ctrl and drag them into the task list area:

    Drag and drop a group, and a task will be created for each asset it contains.

  3. Use All assets or Selected assets from the Sidebar;
  4. While in any mode (not necessarily the Scanner), select Rescan from the context menu of a node or a group. This option is also available in Table reports (via the context menu on any line of the report) and in Network map;
  5. While in the Scanner, double-click the Network tree node that you want to rescan.

 

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