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My question is: can we use Nessus to perform a scan on a remote server? Or is it used only to perform scans on the local network?

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I am not sure what you mean "on a remote server" but very simply put: yes, you can - as long as you're authorized.

If your scenario is to scan server which lies outside of your local network (for example a different server belonging to your company, hosted somewhere else) Nessus is your choice.

If you mean you want to perform a scan from a remote server with Nessus, that's possible as well. Our company uses Nessus on a dedicated server for external scans.

But be warned - don't scan server which you're not authorized to.

I also believe trial version is only for non-commercial scans.

Happy scanning!

  • @JamalD Happy to help. Can you mark this thread as solved? – user1164108 Nov 22 '16 at 14:18
  • Using scanners with non-intrusive/destructive behaviour is not illegal (where i live), even if you do it without permission - as long as you do not harm/breach/intrude the system you are scanning. – Gewure Jun 22 '17 at 9:46

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