Link a Sensor

Required Vulnerability Management User Role: Scan Manager or Administrator

Required Web Application Scanning User Role: Scan Manager or Administrator

This procedure describes how to link a sensor to

Linking a sensor to represents a one-time event in managing a sensor, unless you remove the sensor. After you link the sensor, the sensor connects to using unique credentials.

Once you copy the linking key in, you must paste the linking key in the appropriate location of the sensor user interface (for example, the Nessus Agent CLI or the NNM Cloud Settings section). Expand the following sections for specific details.

Note: If you use domain allow lists for firewalls, Tenable recommends adding * (with the wildcard character) to the allow list. This ensures communication with, which the scanner uses to communicate with

Note: Under certain circumstances, you may need to regenerate the linking key. See Regenerate a Linking Key for more information.

To link a sensor in the new interface:

  1. In the upper-left corner, click the Menu button.

    The left navigation plane appears.

  2. In the left navigation plane, click Settings.

    The Settings page appears.

  3. Click the Sensors tile.

    The Sensors page appears. By default, the Nessus Scanners tab is active and Linked Scanners is selected in the drop-down box.

  4. Then:

What to do next: