Working with Sites

Sites in Alloy Discovery were designed to represent either logical or physical sections of the organization's network infrastructure. Often Sites are used to represent geographical locations. Each Site may have multiple Audit Sources, depending on the audit methods you want to use to audit computers within the Site. Each Audit Source serves as a provider of audit snapshots collected using a single audit method and a particular audit profile.

Sites are shown in the Sites section of the Sidebar. Also, you can access the list of existing Sites in the right-hand workspace pane by clicking Sites in the Sidebar.

Each Site has a name and a unique tag, which is used to associate computers, Chromebooks and network devices with their Site.

After you have created Sites and Alloy Discovery runs the first round of audit, your Sites will be automatically populated with the audit information about Network Nodes (computers, Chromebooks and network devices). Those nodes becomes associated with their Sites. Alloy Discovery can associate the same computer or network device with multiple Sites. For example, if you audit a Site of one geographic location and then physically move a computer to another location and perform the audit again, that computer will appear in the newly audited Site as well.

Additionally, there might be cases when some network devices cannot be discovered, for example the IPads, IPhones or other types of smartphones and tablets. It is when you can manually add devices to already existing Site. For details, see New Network Node Wizard. If needed, you can manually add computers to the Alloy Discovery database.

NOTE: You can also permanently exclude nodes from the inventory operations of any Site. For details, see Defining Excluded Nodes.

Each Site is associated with a single Inventory Servers instance. All inventory operations for a Site are executed under control of its Inventory Server.

You can take the following actions with Sites:

You can visualize physical and logical relations between sites on the Site Diagram. You can open this diagram by clicking the Sites section in the Sidebar and then clicking Site Diagram tab above the grid. For details on using the diagram, see Network Diagram.

NOTE: The Sites section of the Sidebar may also contain Lost and Found. For details, see Lost and Found.