3.9. Scan Groups of Systems

3.9.1. Create Grouped Scans

A scan for a group of systems can be created in the Scan Control > Group Scans tab. Click the Add Group Scan button in the upper right corner.

Scan Control – Create Group Scan

Scan Control – Create Group Scan

As with the single scans, various parameters can be set. Aside from the already mentioned parameters, the following parameters can be set:

Parameter Value
Description Freely selectable name for the group scan.
Scan Target Here you can define which assets will be affected by the group scan. You can either use the Simple target option, which uses labels, or you can use the Advanced target options, which makes use of labels or asset queries. Leaving this option empty will scan all assets.
Limit ASGARD will not send additional scans to the agents when the client limit is reached. Therefore you need to set a limit higher than the number of hosts you want to scan or enter 0 for no limit. If you are using MASTER ASGARD, this limit is applied on each single selected ASGARD.
Rate The number of scans per minute that are issued by ASGARD. This is where the network load can be controlled. Additionally, it is recommended to use this parameter in virtualized and oversubscribed environments in order to limit the number of parallel scans on your endpoints.
Expires After this time frame, no scan orders will be issued to the connected agents.
Scheduled Start Select a date for a scheduled start of the scan.

After the group scan has been Saved or Saved and Started, you will automatically be forwarded to the list of grouped scans.

3.9.2. List of all Group Scans

The list of all group scans contains, among other items, the unique Scan-ID and the name.

Group Scans - List

Scan Control – Group Scans – List

In addition, information can be found about the chosen scanner, the chosen parameters, the start and completion times and the affected assets (defined by labels). Additional columns can be added by clicking on "Column Visibility".

The Status field can have the following values:

Status Value
Paused The group scan has not yet started. Either click play or wait for the scheduled start date (the job will start in a 5 minute window around the scheduled time).
Active Scan is started, ASGARD will issue scans with the given parameters.
Inactive No additional scan jobs are being issued. All single scans that are currently running will continue to do so.
Completed The group scan is completed. No further scan jobs will be issued.

3.9.3. Starting a Group Scan

A group scan can be started by clicking on the "play" button in the "Actions" column of a group scan. Subsequently, the scan will be listed as "Started".

3.9.4. Starting a Scheduled Group Scan

The Scheduled Group Scan section shows all scans that are to run on a frequent basis along with their periodicity. All group scans that have been started through the scheduler will show up on top of the Group Scan section the moment they are started. New scheduled tasks can be created by clicking the Add Scheduled Group Scan button.

Scan Control – Scheduled Group Scan

Scan Control – Scheduled Group Scan

Scan Control – New Scheduled Group Scan

Scan Control – New Scheduled Group Scan

3.9.5. Details of a Group Scan

Further information about a group scan can be observed from the detail page of the group scan. Click the scan you are interested in and the details section will appear.

Scan Control – Group Scans – Details

Scan Control – Group Scans – Details

Aside from information about the group scan in the "Details" tab, there is a graph that shows the number of assets started and how many assets have already completed the scan in the "Charts" tab. In the "Tasks" tab you get information about the scanned assets.