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Configure scan settings in Insight Discovery

Before you can scan your local system using Insight Discovery, you must configure your settings. The Scan settings tab allows you to select an IP address or range of IP addresses to scan when Insight Discovery is executed.

You will have to add a scan with at least one valid IP address for Insight Discovery to function.


To configure a scan setting

  1. Navigate to your Insight Discovery directory and type discovery.exe -s in your terminal or command-line interpreter.

  2. Enter your password. If this is the first time you have used Insight Discovery you will be asked to enter and confirm a new password. This password must contain at least 8 characters including at least one uppercase, one lowercase, one numeric and one non-alphanumeric (symbol) character.

  3. Select the Scan Settings tab.

  4. Select the desired Scan Settings. Each set of scan settings is identified with a Scan Setting ID. This is typically a six-digit number like 000001. You can execute one or more specific scans when you run Insight Discovery.

  5. Configure the following scan setting options:

    1. Disabled - enabling this checkbox will disable the scan setting when Insight Discovery is executed.

    2. Scan Interval - select to run the scan setting Daily or Weekly.

    3. Disabled Pattern - select one or more patterns that will be disabled when Insight Discovery is executing this scan. If you are scanning different areas of your network separately, you can disable unused patterns to save time.

    4. Description - a description of the scan setting.

    5. Lock - select the lock icon at the lower-right corner of the Scan Settings to lock or unlock changes to these settings.

    6. IP-Range - the IP address(es) to scan when Insight Discovery executes. This information can be recorded using multiple notations. These can be combined with a semicolon separator. For example:



A single IP of a host system.;

2 IPs separated by a semicolon.


A DNS name of a host

A given range of IPs from a subnet.

All 254 IPs of a subnet, specified using CIDR notation.


A Single IPV6 address.



A text file specifying the location of the address information. The text file is read with every execution of Insight Discovery.

You can also use a number of modifiers to specify which hosts and ports to include when Insight Discovery scans your system.





Use the tilde to force a scan if the ICMP echo on a host system is disabled.


Use the colon to change the default SSH or SNMP Port.


Use the exclamation mark to set IPs that should be ignored.! 

To add a scan setting

You can add multiple scan settings for Insight Discovery to execute. This could be useful if you wanted to run scans or different parts of your system at different intervals.

To add a scan setting, select the '+' button at top.

To delete a scan setting

  1. To delete a scan setting, select the 'x' button at top.

  2. In the Delete Entry screen, select Yes.

To test a scan setting

Once you have configured a scan setting, you can test the scan without running a full execution of Insight Discovery. The results are displayed immediately, and a more detailed Evaluation Report is saved to your \logs\ directory.

  1. Select Start Evaluation-Report.

  2. Enable or disable the fast checkbox:

    1. If enabled, Insight Discovery tests your scan settings using ICMP pings only.

    2. If disabled, Insight Discovery tests your scan settings by trying each individual connection.

  3. Select Start to begin the test scan. When the scan is complete a success message will be displayed that includes the location of the saved Evaluation Report.

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