Activate a Nessus Professional or Expert Trial

This option activates a seven-day trial of Nessus Professional or Nessus Expert.

To activate your Nessus Professional or Nessus Expert trial:

  1. On the Welcome to Nessus screen, select the Nessus trial you want to activate:

    • Start a trial of Nessus Expert

    • Start a trial of Nessus Professional

  2. Click Continue.

    The Get Started page appears.

  3. Enter the email address of your Tenable community account, or the email address you want to connect to your Tenable community account.

    • If Nessus recognizes the email address, a page appears saying that Nessus found your account.

    • If Nessus does not recognize the email address, the Create Account page appears.

      1. Enter your new account information.

  4. Click Start Trial.

    The Trial License Information page appears, and shows your activation code and the ending date of your trial. Tenable recommends recording your activation code somewhere safe.

  5. Click Continue.

    The Create a user account screen appears.

  6. Create a Nessus administrator user account that you use to log in to Nessus:
    1. In the Username box, enter a username.
    2. In the Password box, enter a password for the user account.

      Note: Passwords cannot contain Unicode characters.

  7. Click Submit.

    Nessus finishes the configuration process and signs you into the user interface.

    Note: When you sign in to Nessus for the first time, you receive the following message: Plugins are compiling. Nessus functionality will be limited until compilation is complete. You cannot create scans, view policies or plugin rules, or use the upgrade assistant while Nessus compiles plugins.