Windows machine scan tasks are supported on the following target operating systems. Some features may not be supported on all operating systems.


Supported target Windows server operating systems:


  • Windows Server 2022

  • Windows Server 2019

  • Windows Server 2016

  • Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Windows Server 2012

  • Windows 2008 Server R2

  • Windows 2008 Server

  • Windows 2003 Server R2

  • Windows 2003 Server

  • Windows 2000 Server SP2 and above

  • Windows NT 4 Server SP6a



Supported target Windows desktop operating systems:

  • Windows 10

  • Windows 8.1

  • Windows 8

  • Windows 7

  • Windows Vista

  • Windows XP

  • Windows 2000 Workstation SP2 and above


  • Windows NT 4 Workstation SP6a


Windows Firewall Requirements

For more information see the firewall requirements section.



Access Settings

Depending on the scan mode the Windows machine agent can either scan 



       - or -

  • Using a combination of WMI, access to administrative shares and other classic technologies.


The service account or custom credentials must have administrator rights on the remote machine. This is a requirement enforced by the operating system to access many of the security related settings on the machine.


Local Service


The Windows machine scan tasks support the local service.


This section is deprecated for the Windows machine agent when scanning machines running Windows 8, Windows Sever 2012, and newer. Instead it is recommended that the scan mode is configured to allow the Windows machine to be scanned using PowerShell remoting.



Automatic Detection


Windows machines can be automatically detected and scanned by Active Directory Search scan tasks.