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To gain access to a computer or network device Discovery needs Credentials, such as user names and passwords.

If multiple credentials are available, Assets Discovery tries one after the other until a successful connection is established. This information will be saved for the machine and the next time this credential is the preferred one.

Scan Setting

Default is set to "All" which means, that this credential will be used for all configured scan settings.

If you want to use a specific credential(s) for one configured scan setting select the ID at the drop down list.
Be advised: if you configure a scan setting id just this credentials will be used for the scan setting, all others will be ignored.

Credential Configuration 

There are different Credential-Types available:

"Basic"-Credentials are used to connect to:
  • Windows (WMI*) 
  • Linux-Servers (SSH)
  • vSphere ESXi-Server*


Input Value


Enter the login of the user that is used for the authentication.

PasswordEnter the password of the user that is used for the authentication.

For Linux-Servers it is also possible to use RSA-Private-Key Authentication.


Input Value


Enter the login of the user that is used for the authentication.

sudo PasswordEnter the Password that will be used for sudo commands
PassphraseEnter the passphrase of the RSA private key
RSA FileEnter the local path to the RSA private key file of the User that is used for the authentication.

SNMP V1 & V2 Devices

Credentials for SNMP (V1 & V2) do not include a user name, just a community string.

The default read-only community string for many SNMP devices is public.

SNMP V3 Devices


Input Value

Security User

Enter the User-Name that is used for the authentication.

Auth. Password & Protocol

Enter the authentication password and choose the protocol-type that is used for the device(s):

  • MD5
  • SHA 1
Priv. Password & Protocol

Enter the privacy password and choose the protocol-type that is used for the content encryption:

  • DES (Data Encryption Standard)
  • AES128 (Advanced Encryption Standard 128 bit encryption)
  • AES192 (Advanced Encryption Standard 192 bit encryption)
  • AES256 (Advanced Encryption Standard 256 bit encryption)
  • TripleDES (Triple Data Encryption Standard)
Context Name

Enter context name used for the SNMP v3 authentication


Application Credentials can be used to replace Login and Password in an Application Pattern i.e. used for Databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL etc.

In a pattern you can use $$login$$ and $$password$$ these placeholder will be replaced at execution time. 

At the pattern the <ApplicationName> need to be matched with the entered Application in the credential.


Input Value

LoginEnter the value that will be replaced in the application pattern
PasswordEnter the value that will be replaced in the application pattern
ApplicationSelect the application for that credentials

  • With the Test Button a dialog raised up to enter a IP, so you can check the credentials for a destination system.
  • In best case you have a few Credentials for Windows and Linux systems or a specified user for the discovery job.
  • All Credential Information will be stored in the file (credentialstore) and encrypted with AES256.
    For the encryption, the Tool uses <YourPassword>+<PrivateSalt>+<LocalHostInformation>.

*Only available by using the Discovery Tool on a Windows Environment.

Last modified on Oct 10, 2023

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