Link to Nessus Manager

Note: When deployed for Nessus Agent management in, Nessus Manager does not support linking Nessus scanners.

During initial installation, you can install Nessus as a remote scanner linked to Nessus Manager. If you choose not to link the scanner during initial installation, you can link your Nessus scanner later.

Note: Once you link Nessus to Nessus Manager, it remains linked until you unlink it.

Before you begin:

  • Configure Nessus as described in Configure Nessus.
  • If the Nessus scanner is or was previously linked to,, or Nessus Manager, you need to unlink the scanner or run the nessuscli fix --reset-all command (for more information, see Fix Commands).

To link Nessus to Nessus Manager:

  1. On the Welcome to Nessus screen, select Link Nessus to another Tenable product.

  2. Click Continue.

    The Managed Scanner screen appears.

  3. From the Managed by drop-down box, select Nessus Manager (Scanner).

  4. In the Host box, type Nessus Manager host.
  5. In the Port box, type the Nessus Manager port.
  6. In the Linking Key box, type the linking key from Nessus Manager.
  7. Click Continue.

    The Create a user account screen appears.

  8. Create a Nessus administrator user account, which 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.

  9. Click Submit.

    Nessus finishes the configuration process, which may take several minutes.

  10. Using the administrator user account you created, Sign In to Nessus.