Scenario: Discovering networked devices

You must perform device discovery before installation of the security applications. When all networked devices are discovered, you can receive information about them and manage them through policies. Regular network polls are needed to discover if there are any new devices and whether previously discovered devices are still on the network.

Discovery of networked devices proceeds in stages:

  1. Initial device discovery

    The Quick Start Wizard guides you through initial device discovery, and helps you find networked devices such as computers, tablets, and mobile phones. You can also perform device discovery manually.

  2. Configuring future polls

    Decide which type(s) of discovery you want to use regularly. Make sure that this type is enabled and that the poll schedule meets the needs of your organization. When configuring the poll schedule, use the recommendations for network polling frequency.

  3. Setting up rules for adding discovered devices to administration groups (optional)

    If new devices appear in your network, they are discovered during regular polls and are automatically included in the Unassigned devices group. If you want, you can set up the rules for automatically moving these devices to the Managed devices group. You can also establish retention rules.

    If you skip this rule-setting stage, all the newly discovered devices go to the Unassigned devices group and stay there. If you want, you can move these devices to the Managed devices group manually. If you move the devices to the Managed devices group manually, you can analyze information about each device and decide whether you want to move it to an administration group, and, if so, to which group.

Results

Completion of the scenario yields the following:

The newly discovered devices are arranged according to the configured rules. (Or, if no rules are configured, the devices stay in the Unassigned devices group).

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