After releasing the web-based Discovery module in Beta 10.16.0, it is with great pride to announce it’s now available to all Apparity customers!

I talked about this new feature in a previous blog post but want to re-iterate the benefits of the all-new Apparity Discovery Setup & Tracking Console. The 100% web-based console has transformed the scan setup process by making it user-friendly and less tech-heavy. We guide the user through each aspect of the configuration and scheduling process to ensure an organization can tailor a scan to suit their needs. Further, Apparity provides comprehensive oversight of Running, Upcoming and Completed Scans to review progress and take actions (like troubleshoot, abort, and disable/enable) if desired. You can check out the Scan Setup & Tracking Console page for more details. I’ve also included a summary of the feature’s benefits below:

  • User-Friendly Web Console: We’ve moved all the setup and monitoring tasks to the web-based console. There’s no need to access a server or run tasks in multiple locations. Everything from setup to scan monitoring can be done here (with the correct credentials).
  • Full Scan Details: Once a scan is set up, all the details of Running, Upcoming and Completed scans are displayed in the Scan Summary. These details include scan parameters, number of files found with each scan, and the makeup of the results. The Running Scan Summary shows the progress of scans and scan health metrics. Admins can also turn scheduled scans on or off, stop running scans, and clone completed scans right in the Scan Summary view.
  • Troubleshooting Capability: A running scan that encounters issues will be flagged in the Running Scans section, at which point the user can leverage our Troubleshooting feature to get more information about the issue and take the appropriate steps to remediate.
  • Scan R & Python Scripts: In addition to scanning Excel spreadsheets and Access databases, the all-new web-based Discovery module can now scan R & Python files.
  • Exclusion Patterns: When scanning SharePoint, shared drive or OpenText locations, admins can exclude specific files and drives from the results (e.g., temp folders). The Discovery module now supports the ability to exclude not only particular folders from a scan, but also any files whose UNC paths contain specific words or fragments (e.g., “temp” or “Copies\Invoices”).
  • Multiple Service Account Setup: Apparity now supports the use of multiple service accounts and allows separate scans to leverage different service accounts. For example, different service accounts can be used for drives supporting different business functions. This will allow an organization to segregate the access and purpose of the service accounts, if necessary.
Web Based Discovery - Running Scan

The Running Scan Summary shows the progress of scans and scan health metrics.

Web Based Discovery - Completed Scan

The new Scan Summary details include scan parameters, number of files found with each scan, and the makeup of the results.

About the Author:

Product Manager at Apparity

Christina leads research, planning, tracking and communication of development for the Apparity platform.