WhatsUp Gold leverages a list of credentials, a discovery scan profile, and an expert network discovery model to traverse your network, query devices and their management objects, and then line up appropriate default monitors according to the determined role of the discovered device. Once a device is discovered, you can choose if you want to manage/monitor the discovered device by promoting it to the My Network map. Promoted devices count against your license total.
You must run discovery so that WhatsUp Gold can centrally monitor, manage, and enable you to visualize your network.
Tip: When you scan a device, WhatsUp Gold discovery attempts to find device and host-level attributes, to learn the device's role within the network (for example, DNS, SMTP, FTP server), and even to extend the scan to other machines on the network ("seeded scan") that the current device shares frequent connections/conversations with, or network dependencies, or both.
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