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Producing Network Detective Reports

You’ve scanned a network using Network Detective (ND), either in AD mode or single computer mode, and you want to produce Network Detective reports.

Solution

After scanning a computer or network with Network Detective, you’ll want to produce a report. There are various reports you can create, including inventory/asset reports, security and patch level reports, etc. In addition, you can upload the scanned assets into Autotask if desired. In this article, we’ll create typical reports that we use.

Install and Start ND

  1. The ND scanner creates a data file for the reports, but does not create the actual reports. For that, you need to download the Network Detective Application.
  2. After installation, start ND by clicking on Start->All Programs->RapidFire Tools->Network Detective.
  3. Upon startup, ND will ask you for your credentials. These are provided to you by a manager or whoever manages your ND application. ND is a subscription-based service, and the account is created with RapidFire.
  4. Next, the Wizard view will start. You can dismiss this forever by deselecting Show on Startup. Do that now and click Cancel.
Importing a Scan
  1. The main ND screen shows existing imported scans. ND works by importing a scan from the ND Data Collector (NDDC), which is what is run on the site computers. The NDDC produces a results file, which is then imported into ND. Let’s import a scan now.
  2. Click on Import a Scan on your far right.
  3. Click Browse, and then browse to the target scan file. Select and return to the Select screen and then click Next.
  4. In the next screen, you’ll be asked if you want to create a new scan library or add to an existing one. If you performed a network-wide scan, then create a new scan library. If you did several PC-by-PC scans (e.g., if you were in a network with no AD), then you would create a new scan library for the site with the first scan and then use Option 2 on the rest. In this case, we scanned an AD network, so choose Option 1. Note that the default scan library name is the name of the scan itself, which is useful and should be used unless there is a good reason otherwise. Click Next.
  5. Once the import is complete, select Finish.

Keep in mind that the scan result is imported into a file local to your PC. Expect to lose all of the data at some point. For our company, we attach the scan results file to an Autotask ticket so that we can re-import it anytime.

Creating a Report

  1. Notice that the scan has been imported.
  2. Select the imported scan and then click on Generate a Report on the far right.
  3. The Select Reports to Generate screen will appear. Note that you have various options. Some only work in special cases, e.g., the Full Detail Change Report only works if you have two scans of the same network over a time period. For this example, we’ll select Client Risk Report, Full Detail Report, Excel Export, and Site Diagram. Once selected, click Next.
  4. The Select Vulnerability Scan window will appear. Most often, we don’t run this so click Skip.
  5. Enter the full legal name of the customer in the Report Prepared For field and, in this example, our full legal name in the Report Prepared By field. Click Next.
  6. ND will spend a minute or so preparing the reports. The more reports you selected earlier, the longer this process takes.
  7. Once done, ND will create a ZIP file at C:UsersUSERAppDataRoamingNetworkDetectiveReports, where the ZIP has the same name as the scan file. ND will also open an Explorer window with the ZIP contents for you.
  8. You can click on one of the reports to see the results.

 

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