Windows Discovery Service Installation

Setting up WDS (Windows Discovery Service) to Support WMI Discovery Through Main Appliance or Remote Collectors

Remote Collectors (RC) and/or the Device42 Appliance itself can now be connected directly to the Windows Discovery Service (WDS), thus enabling WMI discovery from the Device42 main appliance UI.

WDS has the following requirements:

Installing the WDS service

1) Download the current Device42 WDS .msi installer file from the auto-discovery.

2) Run the downloaded Device42Discovery.msi installer. Click on “Next” and follow the prompts to continue with the installation:

Run Device42Discovery.msi

3) Point to your Device42 Main Appliance or your chosen RC Endpoint:

Device42 RC Link Setup

a. Enter the Remote Collector IP address or FQDN in the first field. Note that the Device42 Main Appliance can be used for this as well.

b. Head over to the Device42 main appliance web UI to generate a OTP (one-time password) [for both an RC connection or a Device42 connection] for the second field. This can be found by navigating to the Discovery menu > Remote Collectors:

discovery menu remote collectors

4) Generate a “One Time Password” by clicking the “Generate OTP” button in the upper right. You’ll need the generated OTP during WDS installation:

Select RC View Generate OTP

5) Accept the default installation directory for the WDS service [optionally, specify a custom install path]:

Select Install Path

6) Click next to confirm installation:

Confirm Installation

7) Installation should now be complete. Remote collectors in the Device42 UI should now be renamed to reflect that the WDS has been set up and connected, and the WDS Service indicator icon will be ‘green’ as pictured below, indicating a WDS is connected and communicating:

Main Appliance connected to WDS

Creating a new WMI autodiscovery job

You are now ready to discover using your new WDS! When creating a new Windows WMI autodiscovery job, choose the WDS connected to the Main Appliance, or the Remote Collector with WDS and configure the job settings to discover Windows Devices:

Add WMI Job using RC

WARNING: Please do not set up an auto-discovery / scan using critical production account credentials!
Depending on permissions granted & your configured password policies, account lock-out could result in an otherwise avoidable outage. You, the customer, are responsible for any such behavior that might result if you choose to ignore this requirement.

Updating your WDS Installation

Please note that you Do not need to update your WDS installation separately. Once it has made its initial connection, updates to the WDS service are pushed automatically and are distributed with regular Device42 Updates.

If you are concerned you aren’t running the latest version of WDS, please update your main Device42 appliance to the latest version.