Scan Results: Account Summary

 

Note: Account scanning can be enabled and disabled. If account scanning is disabled then no account information will be collected for the scanned machines. See Enabling and Disabling Account Scanning for more information.

 

Top right-hand pane

 

When the Account Summary is selected in the upper-left pane, the top right-hand pane in the scan summary displays a table containing detailed information about each local user account identified on machines found during that particular scan. Click on a column heading to sort the table by that information.

 

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The overview shown above indicates that the machine named JOES_COMPUTER contains three different accounts and the machine named JOESDELL contains six different accounts.

 

Bottom pane

 

The bottom pane of the Account Summary provides some general information about all the accounts identified during the scan as well as detailed information about the account currently selected in the upper-right pane. The bottom pane also provides the ability to set new passwords for any of the accounts and to disable, enable, unlock, and delete accounts.

 

Tip: You can also right-click an account in the top right-hand pane to access the Set Password, Disable Account, Enable Account, Unlock Account, and Delete Account menu options.

 

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Caution! Only experienced system administrators should ever attempt to modify account values or account status. Modifying an account without detailed knowledge about how that account is used can have serious repercussions on your network.

 

Set Password

Click to set the password for the selected account. You must have administrative privileges on the machine containing the account in order to set the password. The change takes affect immediately.

 

Disable Account

Click to disable the account so that it cannot be used. You must have administrative privileges on the machine containing the account in order to disable the account. The change takes affect immediately. To verify the account was disabled, simply rerun the scan and check the account status.

 

Caution! If you use the Administrator account credentials for scanning with VMware vCenter Protect - Configuration Management , do not disable this account. Future scans will fail and your ability to re-enable the account with VMware vCenter Protect - Configuration Management will also be unavailable.

 

Enable Account

Click to enable the account so that it can be used. You must have administrative privileges on the machine containing the account in order to enable the account. The change takes affect immediately. To verify the account was enabled, simply rerun the scan and check the account status.

 

Unlock Account

Click to unlock an account that has been locked due to a number of unsuccessful log on attempts. You must have administrative privileges on the machine containing the account in order to unlock the account. The change takes affect immediately. To verify the account was unlocked, simply rerun the scan and check the account status.

 

Note: Further investigation is warranted whenever an account is found to be locked. The locked account may be a result of an unauthorized access attempt.

 

Delete Account

Click to delete the account from the target machine. You must have administrative privileges on the machine containing the account in order to delete the account. The change takes affect immediately. To verify the account was deleted, simply rerun the scan and check that the account no longer exists.

 

Caution! Always double-check yourself before deleting an account. The purpose of some accounts is not always readily apparent and you may inadvertently disable a key function on the machine by deleting an account. This action is not reversible.

 

 

Finally, you can view additional information by clicking on the link named Summary Report. This will display the Local Account Summary report. This report provides information about each of the accounts detected on the scanned machines and shown in the upper-right pane.