Update Plugins Offline
Use this procedure to update an existing offline Tenable Nessus server's plugins. The following steps assume that you have already completed steps to Install Tenable Nessus Offline.
Note: Tenable recommends that you only use this process to update offline Tenable Nessus instances. All online instances of Tenable Nessus receive automatic plugin updates. For information on how your Tenable Nessus instances receive plugin updates, see Plugins and the following Tenable knowledge base article.
To update plugins for an offline Tenable Nessus instance:
Using the computer with internet access, open the Custom URL that you saved during the initial Tenable Nessus license generation process.
The Tenable Nessus plugins TAR file downloads to your machine.
Copy the compressed TAR file to the offline Tenable Nessus system.
Use the directory specific to your operating system:
Install the TAR file using one of the following methods:Install plugins TAR file via the Tenable Nessus user interface
Install plugins TAR file via the command line interface
On the offline Tenable Nessus system, in the top navigation bar of the Tenable Nessus user interface, click Settings.
The About page appears.
- Click the Software Update tab.
In the upper-right corner, click the Manual Software Update button.
The Manual Software Update dialog box appears.
- In the Manual Software Update dialog box, select Upload your own plugin archive, and then select Continue.
Navigate to the compressed TAR file you downloaded, select it, then click Open.
Tenable Nessus updates with the uploaded plugins.
- On the offline system running Tenable Nessus (A), open a command prompt.
- Use the nessuscli update <tar.gz file name> command specific to your operating system.
C:\Program Files\Tenable\Nessus>nessuscli.exe update <tar.gz file name>
# /Library/Nessus/run/sbin/nessuscli update <tar.gz file name>
# /opt/nessus/sbin/nessuscli update <tar.gz file name>
# /usr/local/nessus/sbin/nessuscli update <tar.gz file name>