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Network Discovery Extension Pack

Created: 08 Feb 2013 • Updated: 08 Feb 2013 | 3 comments
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Some Network Discovery users are not satisfied with default Network Discovery functionality. Once a network discovery task is completed, it is difficult to determinate unknown devices. Default reports show devices based on discovery task instances. This approach may be misleading. You have almost no standard tools to troubleshoot for the specific unknown device.

This extension pack contains reports and right click actions to help Network Discovery be more user-friendly.

Network Resource Summary report – chart report that shows all network devices in your environment. Report is based on resources, so you can see all of your network resources

Network Resource Summary Drilldown report – drilldown from report above. You can see "Last  Seen" field from network device discovery task instances details and SNMP details. There is a "network device type" parameter

Right click actions

Grep logs right click action – shows you detail network discovery log information about specific device

Nmap right click action – scan ports on devices. Nmap is quicker and more flexible than default port scan action

Snmpwalk right click action – get detail snmp information from device

How to install this extension pack:

1. Enable logging for Network discovery by following this article (use LogLevel=Verbose) http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO10865

2. Download and install some opensource command line tools (use default install paths)

  • Nmap and winpcap to scan ports on devices

http://nmap.org/download.html#windows

http://www.winpcap.org/install/default.htm

  • Cygwin to get grep an iconv tools on windows (don’t forget to include iconv within installation process)

http://cygwin.com/install.html

  • Snmpwalk to get snmp details from devices

http://sourceforge.net/projects/net-snmp/files/net-snmp%20binaries/

3. Import all xml files (reports and right click actions) 

download attached zip file 

Do not forget to rerun your network discovery tasks to get logs.

This article is a basic example how you can extend default Altiris functionality with simple customizations.

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HXG's picture

Awesome, I was just getting to the point to discover our network devices.  Thanks!

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noodleNT's picture

This should have been built into the system to start with. Any chance of that happening?

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SK's picture

Is this still limited at being run from the SMP or can it be run from a remote site server too?

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