4.3 PlateSpin Analyzer

The PlateSpin Analyzer quickly analyzes networks and determines whether PlateSpin Recon can successfully inventory, monitor, or convert the specified Windows and UNIX/Linux servers. It performs two different types of tests: Inventory and Conversion.

4.3.1 Using PlateSpin Analyzer

  1. Click Tools > Analyze Servers.

    The PlateSpin Analyzer window is displayed.

  2. In the Select Credential drop-down list, you can choose to add a new credential or to use the credentials and machines specified in a CSV file.

    If you choose to create a new credential, continue with Step 3. If you choose to use the CSV file, skip to Step 4.

  3. (Conditional) If you chose to create a new credential in Step 2, do the following:

    1. In the Create Stored Credentials dialog box, specify the username and password.

      Figure 4-2 Create Stored Credentials dialog box

      NOTE:If you want to analyze Windows machine, you must specify the domain name or the host name along with the username in the following formats: domain_name\username or hostname\username.

    2. In the Validation Type drop-down box, select Windows Test or Unix Test.

      PlateSpin Analyzer does not support analysis of Unix or Linux servers, but they can be used for credential validation.

    3. (Optional) Type a description for the credentials.

    4. Click Save.

      NOTE:If Save is disabled, verify that the credentials are entered in the correct format.

    5. In the Domain Name drop-down list, select one of the available options: Domain Name, IP/Host Name, IP Range.

    6. Type a value in the empty field appropriate for the selection in Step 3.e. For example, if you selected Domain Name, enter your domain name.

    7. Continue with Step 5.

  4. (Conditional) If you chose to use the credentials and machines specified in a CSV file in Step 2, type the complete path of the CSV file in the empty field. You can use the adjacent browse button to browse for and select the file.

    Ensure to follow these guidelines as you work with the CSV file:

    • The values must be specified in the following order:

      Hostname or IP address

      <Hostname or IP address or domain name>\Username




      TRUE or FALSE

    • It is mandatory to specify the TRUE or FALSE value for UNIX and Windows platforms in the CSV file. However, the value is considered only for the UNIX platform, and is ignored for the Windows platform. If you specify the value as TRUE for a UNIX platform, then the sudo privileges are assigned to the specified user.

    • Each line must contain the custom fields for a machine.

    • The value for the Machine custom field can be IP address or the hostname; however, it must be unique.

    • The values on each line must be separated by a delimiter such as a comma (,).

    A sample CSV file is as follows:

    DEV-SINISAR, platespin\user1, abc, Description test, Windows, FALSE 
  5. Click Analyze and wait for the process to complete.

Figure 4-3 PlateSpin Analyzer - Analysis

When the analysis is complete, the left pane displays either Passed or Failed. To view result details, click the Test Results tab in the right pane. If any of the tests returned a failed result, you must resolve the cause before PlateSpin Recon can successfully inventory the host. A failed result typically indicates that there are insufficient permissions a or that the required services are not running.

4.3.2 Inventory and Monitoring Tests

Inventory tests are divided into three main groups, each containing a subset of tests.

Table 4-1 Inventory Test groups

Main Test Group

Test Group Subset



Service Manager Access

Verifies that the user has permission to open the Service Manager.

File Access

Verifies that the correct access permission is granted on the System32 directory of the machine being inventoried.


RPC Connection Channel

Determines whether an RPC connection channel can be established by resolving the DNS/NETBIOS name.


WMI Service

Determines whether the WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) service is enabled and running on the client machine(s) being inventoried.

Remote Registry Service

Verifies that the Remote Registry service is enabled on the client machine(s).

RPC Service

Verifies that the RPC (Remote Procedure Call) Service is enabled on the client machine(s).

Monitoring tests are divided into two main groups, each containing a subset of tests:

Table 4-2 Monitoring test groups


RPC Service

Verifies that the RPC service is running on the client machine(s).

DCOM Service

Verifies that the DCOM service is running on the client machine(s).


TCP Port 135

Determines whether TCP port 135 and 445 are available. To obtain more conclusive information, consider running Port Scanner for all TCP ports above 1024.

TCP Port 445

4.3.3 Conversion Tests

Conversion Tests are similar to those performed by the PlateSpin Portability Suite PlateSpin Analyzer tool. For more information, refer to Knowledge Base article Q7920478.