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Discover network devices

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Updated: June 1, 2017

Use the Network Sonar Discovery wizard to outline your network, define credentials, discover network devices, and import discovered devices.

Use Network Sonar Discovery wizard if you want to discover existing subnets and IP addresses. Manually import files to add new IP addresses.

Active Directory Domain Controllers contain all of the users in your environment. You cannot log in anywhere else until you have added a Domain Controller for authentication. This example adds an Active Directory Domain Controller.

  1. If the Discovery wizard does not start automatically after configuration, click Settings > Network Discovery.
  2. Click Add New Discovery, and then click Start.


  3. Click Add Active Directory Domain Controller.


  4. Enter an IP address or host name in the Active Directory Domain Controller field.
  5. Select Add New credential and enter the credential name, user name, and password.
  6. Click Test Credentials and click Next.


  7. Select Domain Controllers from the Available Organizational Units list, and click Finish.
  8. On the Network tab, click Next.

    In this example, 9 Domain Controllers were found.


  9. On the SNMP tab:
    1. If all devices on your network require only the default SNMPv1 and SNMPv2 public and private community stings, click Next.
    2. If any device on your network uses a community string other than public or private, or if you want to use an SNMPv3 credential, click Add Credential and provide the required information, and click Next.

    If you have an SNMP service enabled on a Windows server, the SNMP credentials do not retrieve information for DHCP and DNS management. This example deletes the SNMP credentials.


  10. On the Windows tab, to discover WMI or RPC-enabled Windows devices, click Add New Credential and provide the required information.


    SolarWinds recommends that you monitor Windows devices with WMI instead of SNMP.

  11. On the Monitoring Settings tab, SolarWinds recommends manually setting up monitoring the first time you run discovery. This enables you to review the list of discovered objects and select the ones you want to monitor.


  12. On the Discovery Settings panel, enter a network discovery name, and click Next.
  13. Accept the default frequency and run the discovery immediately.


    Discovery can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the number of network elements the system discovers. After discovery is complete, you can Add discovered devices using the Network Sonar Results wizard.

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