Agent Deployment Workflow

Before you begin:

  • If you are using Nessus Manager to manage Nessus Agents, you must deploy and configure Nessus Manager before you deploy Nessus Agents.
  • If you are using Tenable.io to manage your Nessus Agents, you do not need to execute a preliminary deployment.

To deploy Nessus Agents

  1. On each host, install Nessus Agents.

    As part of this step, you link the agent to the manager and verify that link. The link must be successful before you continue to the next step.

  2. On the manager, create an agent group.
  3. (Optional) Configure a freeze window.
  4. (Optional) Modify the default agent settings.
  5. Create a scan targeting the agent group. For more information, see:

    As part of this step, you configure the type of scan you want the agents to perform and the scan window during which agents communicate with the manager.

    Note: The next time an agent in the specified agent group checks in during the scan window, it will download the scan policy from Nessus Manager or Tenable.io, run the scan, and upload the scan results back to the manager.