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Enumeration Options Page

Enumeration options are designed to make the network enumeration process clearer and more comfortable for you. pic 1 To configure the enumeration options, click the glyph of the Network Ribbon group. Also, you can click the Preferences button from the Application Menu and switch to the Enumeration Options preference page using the appropriate link in the navigation bar on the left in the Preferences dialog within the Remote Shutdown group.

Configuring the enumeration options

Pic 1. Configuring the enumeration options

The Enumeration type option specifies the way of performing a network scan for Machines.

The Active Directory scan runs significantly faster than the Computer Browser scan and allows you to get more information on your network structure. Also, there is no need for all network computers to be turned on, because information on the network is gathered directly from the domain controller. However, this type of enumeration requires access to the domain controller and won't find Machines that are not registered in the Active Directory database.

For the Active Directory scan, you can also specify if the domain hierarchy and structure should be respected. Respecting the domain hierarchy means that for domains having a tree structure (registered domains and sub-domains) in your Active Directory the result in the Network Browser pane will have the same structure representation. If you want to group your Machines in the Network Browser pane the same way they are grouped in Active Directory with the help of containers, you can enable the domains structure respect.

Searching for computers by means of Computer Browser will result in finding all the Machines that are turned on and visible from yours during the Enumeration process.

In the combined mode, the application performs the Active Directory scan first, then adds the Machines found by means of Computer Browser.

Let us take a look at the results received using a combination of different options:

Active Directory scan with Respect domains hierarchy and Respect domains structure disabled:

As a result, all the domains are displayed as children of the Network item with Machines found in them as there children.

Enumeration Results

Active Directory scan with Respect domains hierarchy enabled and Respect domains structure disabled:

As a result, all the domains are displayed in a hierarchy where each sub-domain is located under its parent domain in the Network Browser pane (in our case DEV is a sub-domain of EMCO and LABORATORY is a sub-domain for DEV) with Machines found in them as there children.

Enumeration Results

Active Directory scan with Respect domains hierarchy disabled and Respect domains structure enabled:

As a result, all the domains are displayed as children of Network with Machines found in them grouped by the Active Directory containers they are located in (in our case, those are Computers and Domain Controllers for all domains).

Enumeration Results

Active Directory scan with both Respect domains hierarchy and Respect domains structure enabled:

As a result, all the domains are displayed in a hierarchy where each sub-domain is located under its parent domain in the Network Browser pane (in our case DEV is a sub-domain of EMCO and LABORATORY is a sub-domain for DEV) with Machines found in them grouped by the Active Directory containers they are located in (in our case, those are Computers and Domain Controllers for all domains).

Enumeration Results

Computer Browser scan enabled:

As a result, we've got only the Machines that are turned on, including those that are not registered in any domain, and all the workgroups and domains are displayed as children of the Network item.

Enumeration Results

Both Active Directory and Computer Browser scan enabled:

As a result, we've got both the Machines that are turned on and those that are registered in domains: workgroups, domains and Machines are grouped by the structure respect options.

Enumeration Results