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You can start a discovery and manage discovered data based on your administrative permissions. For more information, see About Administrative Permissions.
Initiating and controlling a discovery requires specific administrative permissions. The following are permission guidelines for initiating and controlling a discovery:

  • The IPAM Discovery Admin role provides a pre-configured list of permissions by which assigned admin accounts may perform discovery tasks. Administrators with these permissions can initiate and control discovery on any existing network. By default, the IPAM Discovery Admin role supports the following permissions:
    • All permissions associated with the Network Discovery feature set (active if you do not have a Network Insight license)
    • Read-Only on all Network Views, network containers, networks and ranges
    • Read-Only on all hosts
    • Read-Only on all Members
    • Read-Write Network Discovery permissions
    • Editing network, network container or range discovery properties: Read-Only for each type. For member assignment, the user also needs additional read-only permission for the assigned member
    • Editing fixed address, host or reservation discovery properties: Read-only for each type
    • Excluding an IP address or an IP Range (from the Network Editor 's Discovery Exclusions tab or from the IPAM IP List view): read-only permission for the network
    • Defining discovery and port configuration blackouts at the Grid and Network levels
    • Discover Now for Network, DHCP Range, IP address or device: Read-Only permission for each.
  • If the user does not possess the Network Discovery permission, all Network Insight permissions and operations are disabled.
  • A Port Control permission under the IPAM Permissions type allows you to add a Read/Write or Deny permission for a device; a network; a network container; or network view. You can also add a global RW/Deny port control permission for all network views.
    • If the user does not possess the Port Control permission, the user cannot provision networks, de-provision networks, perform port reservations or configure interfaces. All non-Superuser accounts must have the Port Control permission to create port control tasks for any affected objects.
  • Superusers can initiate and control discovery on all networks. Some discovery functions require superuser permissions:
    • Grid Discovery properties
    • Uploading, Viewing and deletion of device support bundles
    • Launching Discovery Diagnostics
    • Launching Discovery Status

Similar to Network Discovery, devices and end hosts found through discovery can undergo conversion from unmanaged status to managed status. This entails converting an unmanaged IP address to a host, an A record or AAAA record, a PTR record, or to a fixed address.

  • Administrators with read/write permission to a DNS zone or specific record type can convert unmanaged data to a host, fixed address, reservation, A record, or PTR record.
  • IPAM Discovery admins can convert unmanaged networks to managed networks and can change discovery settings for networks.
  • For unmanaged networks: users may Delete, Convert (to managed), Clear Unmanaged Data and Clear Discovered Data if one of the following is true:
    • User has read-write permission for the network
      –or–
    • User has Network Discovery permission plus Read-Only for the network.

After a discovery is complete, the following permission guidelines apply to viewing and managing discovery data:

  • Superusers can view and manage all discovered data.
  • Administrators with read permission to networks can view all discovery data without editing.
  • If a user has read-only permissions for a device's management IP address, the device is visible in the Data Management –> Devices tab.

For more information on configuring admin user accounts and working with permissions, see the sections under Managing Administrators . For information about discovery permissions, see Administrative Permissions for Network Insight Tasks.

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