Windows network polling

21 May 2024

ID 166186

About Windows network polling

During a quick poll, the Administration Server only retrieves information from the list of the NetBIOS names of devices in all network domains and workgroups. During a full poll, the following information is requested from each client device:

  • Operating system name
  • IP address
  • DNS name
  • NetBIOS name

Both quick polls and full polls require the following:

  • Ports UDP 137/138, TCP 139 must be available on the network.
  • The Microsoft Computer Browser service must be used, and the primary browser computer must be enabled on the distribution point.
  • The Microsoft Computer Browser service must be used, and the primary browser computer must be enabled on the client devices:
    • On at least one device, if the number of networked devices does not exceed 32.
    • On at least one device for each 32 networked devices.

The full poll can run only if the quick poll has run at least once.

Viewing and modifying the settings for Windows network polling

To modify the properties of Windows network polling:

  1. In the main menu, click the settings icon () next to the name of the required Administration Server.

    The Administration Server properties window opens.

  2. On the General tab, select the Distribution points section.
  3. Click the name of the distribution point that you want to use to poll the network.

    The distribution point properties window opens.

  4. Select the Windows domains polling section.
  5. Enable or disable Windows network polling by using the Enable network polling toggle button.
  6. Configure the schedule for the quick polling and the full polling.
  7. Click the OK button.

The properties are saved and applied to all of the discovered Windows domains and workgroups.

See also:

Network polling

Scenario: Discovering networked devices

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