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zillah 01-26-2007 12:33 PM

Nessus and advices when using it
I am planning to use Nessus (installed on Desktop) at work (production devices)

1- Is there any difference between Nusse Linux platform and Windows Platform ?
2- Is it a good idea to use more than one monitoring tools on different PCs, like Nusses on one PC and SolarWinds on other PC or ?
3- Does using Nusses (Linux or windows) affect any network devices (Cisco devices, hp servers, etc )
4- Is it necessary the PC which has got Nessus installed on it, to join AD domain ?

farslayer 01-26-2007 01:33 PM

Nessus is a vulnerability scanner, and solarwinds is more diagnostic and system monitoring..

if you are looking to monitor systems and services with Linux you might want to look at Nagios..

There are other monitoring apps as well..
big brother
Big sister
to name a few.

zillah 01-26-2007 01:37 PM

Thanks for this comment
DO you have any commnet about point 3 and 4 ?


farslayer 01-26-2007 05:49 PM

3. Nessus being a vulnerability scanner is designed to find things that are exploitable and as such Nessus is capable of performing some tests that are not 'safe' that could possibly cause a dos condition, a service to crash, etc.. I believe most tests of that type are marked with a warning, but anytime you are poking at systems like that to find weak spots you might just find them the hard way.. Nessus is an awesome tool at what it's designed to do if you use it properly.

4. No a nessus machine does not need to be joined to the domain it's an independent scanner and does not do anything that would require permissions on you system. afaik.

zillah 01-27-2007 10:47 PM


'safe' that could possibly cause a dos condition,
What about if we tick " Safe Check " box for Nessus ? Will it be run without affecting other devices ?

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