Agents increase scan flexibility by making it easy to scan assets without needing ongoing host credentials or assets that are offline. Additionally, agents enable large-scale concurrent scanning with little network impact.

The Agents page displays the Linking Key and a list of linked agents. You can click on a linked agent to view details about that agent. There are four tabs available on the Agents page: Linked Agents, Agent Groups, Blackout Windows, and Agent Settings.

Once linked, an agent must be added to a group for use when configuring scans. Linked agents will automatically download plugins from the manager upon connection. Agents are automatically unlinked after a period of inactivity.

Note: Agents can take several minutes to download plugins, but it is required before an agent returns scan results.

Agent Groups

Agent groups are used to organize and manage the agents linked to your scanner. Each agent can be added to any number of groups and scans can be configured to use these groups as targets.

Note: Agent group names are case sensitive. When you link agents using System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) or the command line, you must use the correct case.