FortiSIEM Discovery Range Definition Options

Discovery Range Definition Options

When you set the range definition for your discovery processes, several options are available for how you want the discovery process to run.

Option Description
Discovery Type Four types of scans are available for the discovery process:



Smart Scan is an optimized search method in which only the live devices in the network are searched. To use Smart Scan, you first provide a root device (typically the first hop Layer 3 router). FortiSIEM then discovers the root device and learns of its first hop neighbors from the ARP table. These devices are then discovered using existing credentials, and their one hop neighbors are subsequently discovered. This continues until no more devices are discovered. Often a single Layer 3 router, switch, or firewall is sufficient to discover the entire network. However, if a firewall that can block SNMP is installed, then devices on either side of the firewall need to be provided as root devices. Smart Scan is usually faster than Range Scan, but in rare cases discovery can miss a device when it is quiet and not present in the ARP table of adjacent devices.
Range Scan (d


In contrast to Smart Scan, Range Scan is a brute force method in which FortiSIEM attempts to discover all the devices in the IP ranges you provide. With Range Scan, FortiSIEM will first attempt to ping a device, and if that succeeds, discovery will proceed.


AWS Scan is used to discover devices in Amazon Web Services. See Discovering Amazon Web Services (AWS) Infrastructure for more information.


L2 Scan is used to update the Layer 2 connectivity information used in the Identity and Location report. It does not discover system and application monitors, installed and running software, or users and groups, and, in contrast to the other scan methods, it does not update the CMDB and executes more quickly.
Root IPs For Smart Scan only, provide the root IPs from which you want the Smart Scan to start.

Domains (AWS


Enter the domains you want to include or exclude from the discovery process.

Zones (AWS


Enter the zones you want to include or exclude from the discovery process.


Enter the IP addresses or host names you want to include or exclude from the discovery process.

Device Types

Click the Edit icon to select devices that you want to include or exclude from the discovery process. Note that if you have entries for both of these option, the discovery process will prioritize included devices over excluded ones.
Do Not Ping



To save time, FortiSIEM first attempts to reach devices by ping before initiating discovery. You should select this option if ping has been disabled for your network, otherwise discovery will fail.
Ping Only


Select this option if you are only interested in discovering whether a device or service is up or down.
Only Discover

Devices not in


If you select this option, discovery will only find those devices whose IP addresses do not match the address of any device in CMDB. To make an exception to this rule, specify a list of IP addresses in the Exclude Ranges field. The primary use case for this is for indirect device discovery such as VCenter-based VM discovery, or WLAN controller-based access point discovery. By specifying the VCenter IP address in the Exclude Ranges field, new guest VMs can always be discovered even if the VCenter is already in the CMDB.

Powered Off


By default, only powered on VMs are discovered.
Include VM


By default, VM templates are not discovered.


Selected by default, if you clear this option then discovery will not use the route table to find next hop devices. This can be useful if your network includes border routers, which can significantly impact the time required for the discovery process.

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