Configuring Discover

If you did not install Discover with the Apply All Tanium recommended configurations option, you must enable and configure certain features.

(Tanium Core Platform 7.4.5 or later only) You can set the module action group to target the No Computers filter group by enabling restricted targeting before adding the module to your Tanium licenseimporting the module. This option enables you to control tools deployment through scheduled actions that are created during the import and that target the module action group. For example, you might want to test tools on a subset of endpoints before deploying the tools to all endpoints. In this case, you can manually deploy the tools to an action group that you configured to target only the subset. To configure an action group, see Tanium Console User Guide: Managing action groups. To enable or disable restricted targeting, see Tanium Console User Guide: Dependencies, default settings, and tools deployment.

When you import Discover with the Tanium Recommended Installation workflow, the following default settings are configured:

The following settings are configured by default:

Setting Default value
Action group
  • Restricted targeting disabled (default): All Computers computer group
  • Restricted targeting enabled: No Computers computer group
Service account The Discover service account is set to the account that you used to import the module.
Level 2 ping distributed profile This profile is created and deployed to all Tanium Clients. For more information about this type of profile, see Level 2 (ping).

Prepare endpoints

Manage solution configurations with Tanium Endpoint Configuration

Tanium Endpoint Configuration delivers configuration information and required tools for Tanium Solutions to endpoints. Endpoint Configuration consolidates the configuration actions that traditionally accompany additional Tanium functionality and eliminates the potential for timing errors that occur between when a solution configuration is made and the time that configuration reaches an endpoint. Managing configuration in this way greatly reduces the time to install, configure, and use Tanium functionality, and improves the flexibility to target specific configurations to groups of endpoints.

Endpoint Configuration is installed as a part of Tanium Client Management. For more information, see the Tanium Client Management User Guide: Installing Client Management.

Additionally you can use Endpoint Configuration to manage configuration approval. For example, configuration changes are not deployed to endpoints until a user with approval permission approves the configuration changes in Endpoint Configuration. For more information about the roles and permissions that are required to approve configuration changes for Discover, see User role requirements.

To use Endpoint Configuration to manage approvals, you must enable configuration approvals.

  1. From the Main menu, go to Administration > Shared Services > Endpoint Configuration to open the Endpoint Configuration Overview page.
  2. Click Settings and click the Global tab.
  3. Select Enable configuration approvals, and click Save.

For more information about Endpoint Configuration, see Tanium Endpoint Configuration User Guide.

Configure Discover

Configure service account

The service account is a user that runs several background processes for Discover. This user requires the following roles and access:

  • Tanium Administrator or Discover Service Account role.
  • Access granted to computer groups on which Discover is going to scan.
  • (Optional) Connect User role to send Discover event notifications with Tanium Connect.
  • If you installed Tanium Client Management, Endpoint Configuration is installed, and by default, configuration changes initiated by the module service account (such as tool deployment) require approval. You can bypass approval for module-generated configuration changes by applying the Endpoint Configuration Bypass Approval permission to this role and adding the relevant content sets. For more information, see Tanium Endpoint Configuration User Guide: User role requirements.
To follow the principle of least privilege, create a user for the service account with the Discover Service Account role. For more information, see Tanium Console User Guide: Managing Users.

For more information about Discover permissions, see User role requirements.

  1. From the Main menu, go to Modules > Discover to open the Discover Overview page.
  2. Click Settings and open the Service Account tab.
  3. Update the service account settings and click Save.

Configure Discover action group

To run scans, endpoints must have the Discover tools installed. Tanium Endpoint Configuration deploys the tools. Importing the Discover module automatically creates an action group to target specific endpoints.

Select the computer groups to include in the Discover action group. If you select the automatic configuration, by default, Discover targets All Computers. If you select the manual configuration, by default, Discover targets No Computers. For the best results, use All Computers.

By default, Discover targets All Computers. You can update the action group if needed.

Use All Computers for the action group.

If you have enabled Endpoint Configuration approval, configuration changes must be approved in Endpoint Configuration before they deploy to endpoints.

To configure the action group, you must be assigned the Content Administrator reserved role.

  1. From the Main menu, go to Administration > Actions > Action Groups.
  2. In the list of action groups, click Tanium Discover.
  3. Click Edit, select computer groups to include in the action group, and click Save.

(Tanium Core Platform 7.4.5 or later only) You can set the module action group to target the No Computers filter group by enabling restricted targeting before adding the module to your Tanium licenseimporting the module. This option enables you to control tools deployment through scheduled actions that are created during the import and that target the module action group. For example, you might want to test tools on a subset of endpoints before deploying the tools to all endpoints. In this case, you can manually deploy the tools to an action group that you configured to target only the subset. To configure an action group, see Tanium Console User Guide: Managing action groups. To enable or disable restricted targeting, see Tanium Console User Guide: Dependencies, default settings, and tools deployment.

Configure import frequency

(Optional) Configure the import frequency. This setting determines how often the results from running discovery methods are imported to the Interfaces pages.

From the Discover Overview page, click Settings and go to the Global Settings tab. Edit the Import Frequency setting.

Leave the Import Frequency setting at the default value (every 30 minutes).