JDisc Step-by-Step Video Tutorials
Track 1: Getting started
The Getting Started track explains how to install the software, how to run your first discovery and how to use JDisc reporting.
Track 2: Discovery scenarios
In a secure environment, devices do not expose their software and hardware details without valid access credentials. This set of videos explains how to configure JDisc Discovery in order to get the best results from your devices.
JDisc Discovery requires administrative access to Windows computers in order to obtain the full device details. There are three ways to configure access credentials:
- Define access credentials for Active Directory organizational units
- Define access credentials for Windows domains or workgroups
- Define access credentials for a single device
For Unix computers, a user name and password or SSH Key are required to login via telnet or SSH. Some commands require root permissions.
The following videos explain how to configure access credentials for the different scenarios.
This video explains how to configure access credentials by using Microsoft Active Directory.
This video explains how to setup access credentials and administrative accounts for computers within Windows domains and workgroups.
This video explains how to discover Windows computers correctly and how to define access credentials in order to identify Windows computers within the network.
This video explains how to discover Unix computers correctly and how to define access credentials and protocol settings in order to identify Unix computers.
This video explains how to document your VMware environment including vCenter, ESX servers and virtual machines.
This video explains how to scan support entitlement and warranty information.
This video explains how to check whether you have discovered all computers which are defined within Microsoft's Active Directory.
Track 3: Reporting
JDisc Discovery offers comprehensive reporting. Besides various standard reports, you can configure and generate your own reports by choosing the relevant reporting attributes and information.
This video explains the device details dialog. The device details dialog displays all information that has been collected for a particular device.
Almost all reports can be scheduled to be exported automatically as a Microsoft Excel or CSV file. This allows you to share up-to-date information with other departments.
This video explains how to manage scheduled report export jobs. You can change single jobs, delete them or change storage locations.
This video demonstrates how to define your own custom reports and how to define restrictions on selected attributes. These report definitions can be stored persistently and be re-used as often as wanted.
Track 4: Device Grouping
This track explains how to use the JDisc Discovery grouping system in order to model your company's geographical or organizational structure (e.g. networks, domains, specific attributes and more).
This video explains how to define groups, how devices are assigned to groups and how groups are used within JDisc Discovery reports.
JDisc Discovery requires access credentials to discover device data in a network. In larger networks, multiple different access credentials often exist. To avoid alerts from Intrusion Detection Systems it is recommended to test as few combinations of user names/passwords as possible.
By using JDisc's group definitions, you can define the access credentials for a group and consequently reduce the list of possible user names.
Track 5: Custom attributes
JDisc Discovery offers you the ability to define your own custom attributes, which are either filled in automatically or manually.
This video explains how to define your own custom attributes, how to edit custom attributes, and how to use them in custom reports.
This video explains how to collect any content from devices or how to store the output of system commands in a custom attribute.
This video explains how to populate custom attribute values by reading a device's registry information.
This video explains how you can easily execute binaries, scripts or system commands on devices in order to collect additional information.
Track 6: Document management
JDisc Discovery offers a document management function. This track explains how to import documents such as support contracts, user manuals, or license agreements into the JDisc database and how to assign them to individual devices.
This video explains how to import any documents such as support contracts, user manuals, or license agreements into JDisc's database and assign them to individual devices.
Track 7: Device History Add-On
The Device History Add-On allows you to take snapshots of your devices at any time, archive them and review historic snapshot information. Changes are highlighted and let you see any differences at a glance.
This video explains how to manually create device snapshots of one or more devices.
This video explains how to view the differences between two snapshots or between a snapshot and the current status.
Track 8: Networking Add-On
With JDisc Discovery's Networking Add-On track, you discover the network topology. This lets you know at any time which device is connected to which switch port, and how the switches are interconnected. Futhermore, the Networking Add-On identifies the VLAN configuration and WLAN information of devices within the network.
On top of that, the Networking Add-On can collect configuration files from Cisco and HP devices and the history of configuration changes.
This video explains how to configure network topology resolution.
This video explains how to review network topology and how to create network maps starting with one or multiple devices.
JDisc Discovery can collect and store the configuration files from Cisco and HP switches. The difference reports help to display the changes over time.
WLANs are discovered by scanning laptops and PCs with WLAN cards. JDisc Discovery retrieves the visible WLANs from a device, the intensity and the connected device.
Track 9: Dependency Mapping Add-On
The Dependency Mapping Add-On determines the list of open TCP or UDP ports as well as the list of TCP/IP connections between devices on the network. Furthermore, it can also associate processes with the communication ports. That makes it easy to understand how distributed applications communicate via the network.
This video explains how to use the configure and use the dependency mapping add-on.
Track 10: Troubleshooting
In some cases it can happen that you do not receive the expected information. The reason for that might be a firewall that prevents JDisc Discovery from accessing the data or incorrectly configured access credentials. In this case, simply ask the JDisc support team. JDisc Discovery makes it easy for the users to provide the data to our support team.
With the WMI/WBEM Browser the user can view live WBEM or WMI data. These data are very important for JDisc's support team in case you want us to implement enhancements of JDisc Discovery.
This video explains how to create a product support ZIP file. A product support ZIP is always the choice when the product is not working as expected in general, and if there are issues which are not related to a particular device. The product support ZIP contains all information required by our support team in order to efficiently solve your problem.
This video explains how to create a support ZIP file if there are problems with one or more devices. A device support ZIP file contains all information that our support engineers need to find out why the product is not getting the expected information.