Linux: Install via the wizard

How to set up our agent-based internal scanning solution to protect Linux devices in your internal network

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Written by Patrick Craston
Updated over a week ago

For each agent that you install, you must have a license available; if you don't, the machine(s) won't show up on your targets page.
(eg. If you're installing the agent onto 10 machines, you must have 10 licenses available.)

For group deployment, have a read of this article.

Please note, each machine must have a unique device name; if you use the same name as an existing internal target, it won't link.

Step 1: Download the agent installer (but don't launch it)

1. Head to the targets page > select Add target > Internal Targets

2. . Enter the details for the machine you wish to scan:

  • πŸ‘‰ Operating System

  • πŸ‘‰ Operating System version

  • πŸ‘‰ Your device name (this must be unique and contain only letters, numbers or hyphens)

  • πŸ‘‰ (optional) Add any tag(s)

➑️ Hit 'Download agent'

Note: The version of Linux you're using could influence where nessus downloads to

Step 2: Install the agent + link the agent

πŸ‘‰ Open terminal

πŸ‘‰ Run the first command (to install the agent)

πŸ‘‰ Run the second command (to link the agent)

Step 3: Reboot the machine

You should see something like this pop up:

Possible error messages

error: Failed dependencies:

This means that the installation has failed because some dependencies need to be installed first – they should be listed under this message. If you could install them first, then try the installation again, it should work.

Note: Internal vulnerability scanning is available to users with a Pro, Premium or Vanguard plan.

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