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Troubleshooting your way to the target list

Naomi Purvis avatar
Written by Naomi Purvis
Updated over a week ago

Lots of people struggle with installing the agent – which is why we are working on improving the process, but until then, we hope you find this article helpful.

Outlined below are some scenarios and troubleshooting steps that we believe – if followed carefully – should remediate the installation issue(s) you're facing. Please bear in mind, it can take a few minutes for the internal system to show on your targets page.

If, by the end of this article, you're still having trouble, please get in touch with the team by sharing a screenshot of your most recent agent status output and the linking command you ran.

Is your linking command correct?

There are three attributes that you need to update in order for the target to link correctly and show up in your portal: the prefix, the device name and the key. If you omit any of these, it won't work.

sudo /Library/NessusAgent/run/sbin/nessuscli agent link --name=[Prefix_DeviceName] --cloud --key=[KEY]

msiexec /i "NessusAgent-[version]-x64.msi" NESSUS_SERVER="" NESSUS_KEY=[KEY] NESSUS_NAME=[Prefix_DeviceName] /qn

sudo /opt/nessus_agent/sbin/nessuscli agent link --name=[Prefix_DeviceName] --key=[KEY] --cloud

⚠️ What next?

If your original linking command is missing any of these, you'll need to unlink and link again

Did you run the linking command in the right directory?

It must be run in the directory where the agent was downloaded to.

⚠️ What next?

Re-run the command in the correct directory.

The installer downloads to the default folder on your machine. For example, on Windows:
C:\Users\[your username]\Downloads

If the installer was downloaded from a browser, hit the dropdown button and click 'Show in folder' (Windows) or 'Show in Finder'. (macOS) You'll then be able to copy the exact path.

If you need to move directory (e.g. if you moved the installer to your desktop), you can use the cd command to move into the appropriate directory before running the installer. For example:

  1. cd C:\Users\[your username]\Desktop

  2. msiexec /i "C:\Users\Intruder\Desktop\NessusAgent-[version]-x64.msi"

If you don't know the directory, on Windows, you can try the following:

  1. Open Command Prompt (Administrator)

  2. cd %userprofile%\Downloads

Do you have enough licenses?

You must have enough licenses to cover all of the internal targets added to the platform, even if you haven't scanned them yet. (Unscanned external targets don't have any bearing on the license count).

(For example: All licenses will be considered "in use" in the following scenario:
You have 100 licenses, 97 are consumed, three internal targets have been added and are awaiting a scan.)

If you're short, you'll see a notification similar to this in your portal:

⚠️ What next?

Check your license count

If you're unsure about your current license count, then please head to Targets > Licenses:

Increase your license count

If you're out of licenses, then you can update your license count by following the instructions in this article.

Trial users

Please note that the trial entitles you to five licenses, which can be used to scan five targets (internal or external) as many times as you like for 14 days. Deleting the target will not release the license. If you have already used all five and would like to test the internal scanner, please get in touch with a member of the team via the chatbot.

Did you use the same DeviceName as an existing target?

If you did, I'm afraid the target won't show up.

What next?

To remedy this, we'd recommend following the steps in this article.

Is your internal system connected to the internet?

The agent needs to be able to reach out to on port 443 to return the results to the platform. To test this, open your browser and type:

Do you need to reboot your system?

Sounds simple – but sometimes turning your machine off and back on again, can do the trick.

(Windows only)

Did you launch the agent installer correctly?

If you launched the installer after downloading it (step 1), rather than via the install command (step 3), you will need to unlink your agent and relink again.


In the terminal, as Admin, run the following command
nessuscli agent unlink

Check that the unlink command worked
Run the agent status, it should return:

Linked to: None
Link status: Not linked to a manager

Link the agent (again)

  1. Open the command terminal again – as Administrator

  2. Run the link command below
    (*Make sure you are in the right folder and have added your prefix and Device name)

    nessuscli agent link --host="" --port="443" --key=819652a91d674e8d5be08e21299f1a3c69bd9806c72e24bc05df6b32b8db7fe1 --name=[Prefix_DeviceName]
  3. Check out targets page to see if it has appeared.

Do you have anti-virus enabled?

If the answer is yes and you have an IT department, we'd recommend taking a screenshot of the process name in your task explorer (usually something like "nessusagent", "neagent" or similar) and sending it over to them; along with a note that says the agent needs to be able to reach out out to on port 443.

None of these applicable?

Your best bet at this point would be to do the following:

  • Pop a note in the chatbot confirming that you have read this article and eliminated all of the above

  • Please send over:
    ➡️ A screenshot of your agent status command output
    ➡️ A screenshot of the exact linking command you ran (the very first time)

  • Hang tight whilst the team investigate.

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