Activate a Tenable Nessus Professional or Tenable Nessus Expert Trial

The following topic describes how to activate a seven-day trial of Tenable Nessus Professional or Tenable Nessus Expert.

Tip: If you forgot to create a user account during activation, you can create an account with the adduser nessuscli command.

To activate your Tenable Nessus Professional or Tenable Nessus Expert trial:

  1. On the Welcome to Nessus screen, select the Tenable 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 Tenable Nessus recognizes the email address, a page appears saying that Tenable Nessus found your account.

    • If Tenable 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 Tenable Nessus administrator user account that you use to log in to Tenable 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.

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

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