Kaspersky Security Center

Scenario: Discovering networked devices

July 8, 2024

ID 179028

You must perform device discovery before installation of the security applications. The Administration Server receives information about discovered devices and allows you to manage the devices through policies. Regular network polls are needed to update the list of devices available in the network.

Before you start network polling, make sure that the SMB protocol is enabled. Otherwise, Kaspersky Security Center cannot discover devices in the polled network. To enable the SMB protocol, follow the instructions for your operating system.

Discovery of networked devices proceeds in the following stages:

  1. Discover devices

    The quick start wizard guides you through initial device discovery, and helps you find networked devices such as computers, tablets, and mobile phones. You can also perform device discovery manually.

  2. Configure scheduled polls

    Decide which polling type(s) you want to use regularly. Enable the desired types and configure the poll schedule as you see fit. You can refer to the recommendations for network polling frequency.

  3. Set up rules for adding discovered devices to administration groups (Optional)

    If new devices appear on your network, they are discovered during regular polls and are automatically included in the Unassigned devices group. You can set up device moving rules to automate the allocation of devices to the Managed devices group. You can also configure retention rules.

    If you skip the step 3, the newly discovered devices are allocated to the Unassigned devices group. If you want, you can move these devices to the Managed devices group manually. If you move the devices to the Managed devices group manually, you can analyze information about each device and decide whether you want to move it to an administration group, and, if so, to which exact group.


Completion of the scenario yields the following:

  • Kaspersky Security Center Administration Server discovers the devices that are on the network and provides you with information about them.
  • Future polls are set up and are conducted according to the specified schedule.
  • The newly discovered devices are arranged according to the configured rules. (Or, if no rules are configured, the devices stay in the Unassigned devices group).

See also:

Ports used by Kaspersky Security Center

Interaction of Kaspersky Security Center components and security applications: more information

Basic concepts


Scenario: Installation and initial setup of Kaspersky Security Center Web Console

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