This page provides step-by-step instructions for deploying AlloyScan.
Step 1: Create network segments
To begin using AlloyScan, you'll need to create at least one network segment. A segment is a logical unit of your infrastructure, such as an Active Directory domain or a range of IP addresses within the network. Each segment is scanned by Audit Service, a lightweight Windows service that discovers network devices and collects inventory data on devices you want to track. You can choose an existing Audit Service for a segment or download and install a new one.
To allow Audit Service to scan the respective segment you must provide credentials for accessing it.
Step 2: Scan the network
Once you've created your segments, you can execute an automated network scan to discover servers, hypervisors, workstations, virtual machines, printers, and other IP-enabled devices.
Step 3: Create your IT inventory
After the network scan is complete, you can choose which of the discovered devices you want to keep track of by selecting them and initiating a detailed audit of those devices. The audited assets are automatically added to the IT inventory section where you can see them broken down into a number of predefined groups. If needed, you can create your own grouping rules.
Step 4: Deploy Audit Agents
In order to regularly audit offsite computers and remote networks that have no direct connection to the local network, use agent-based audit. When installed, the Audit Agent performs the audit, collects inventory data, and communicates the findings back to AlloyScan.
Step 5: Manage your IT Inventory
Finally, you can manage your IT inventory by using dashboard charts and running ready-to-use reports. You can also subscribe to smart notifications to stay on top of important changes, such as when a new device is detected on the network or when the audit reveals a potential vulnerability.
Now that you have successfully deployed AlloyScan to identify and analyze your network, there are many ways you can continue to optimize and enhance your network management practices. Here are a few suggestions:
Create more segments
As your network grows and its topology becomes more complicated, you may want to create additional segments to better organize your devices.
Configure scan and audit schedules
Customize the schedules to better meet the unique needs of your network. For example, you may want to scan your network daily, but run the audit only once or twice a week.
Create custom reports
The platform comes with many pre-configured reports, but you can also create your own custom reports to track specific metrics or analyze specific areas of your IT assets.
Integrate with other systems
AlloyScan comes with a powerful REST API that opens it up for integration with many external systems, such as ServiceNow, Jira, Zendesk, etc., to support your IT processes and continuously leverage real-time, accurate inventory data.
Explore other features and capabilities of AlloyScan, so you can take a proactive approach to identifying and mitigating network security issues and threats.