Introduction to Discovery configuration

Discovery extracts information from computers and other devices.

Discovery can run on a regular, configurable schedule or can be launched manually. Whenever a Discovery runs, it runs over a specified IP address range which tells the Discovery process which specific devices to investigate. To retrieve useful information, Discovery needs credentials (usually a user name and password pair) for devices within a particular range so that Discovery can connect to and run various probes on the devices it finds. Discovery compares the devices it finds with configuration items (CI) in the CMDB and updates any matching devices. If Discovery does not find a matching CI in the CMDB, it creates a new CI.