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September 2012 - How to reorder column headers in results grids
This months Hints and Tips topic
explains how to use 'drag and drop' column headers in grid style results.
Did you know that you can change the order of
the columns in Traceroute results? Or Ping or Port Scanner? - there is
an easy way to do it - use your mouse to click on the header,
hold down the button and drag the whole column right or left.
The column reordering is only good for the life of the session,
but it's still useful.
Here is a video showing how to do it.
August 2012 - How to use System Info - SMB to see Windows account information
This months Hints and Tips topic
explains how to use NetScanTools Pro's System Info - SMB tool.
We sometimes get the question 'How can I see
the user accounts on another Windows computer?' - there is
no easy way. Several years ago the operating systems were
tightened so that more privileges were required to access things
that were formerly simple to get. Things like user lists,
account policies, user groups, system time, shared open files,
etc. Those things are all still available, but you need valid
access credentials to access them - an even that's not a 100%
guarantee that you will get everything you want.
If you go to the Manual Tools/System Info -
SMB tool and put in a Windows computer name 'OldDell' (no
quotes) or the actual IPv4 address, then press Get Info, you
will likely see a bunch of errors in the list of possible
results. Most often type 5 - access is denied.
Just to see what is possible to get from
another computer, put in 'localhost' and press Get Info. The
user account information shows up now.
In order to get the information from the
computers that give you 'access is denied', we have provided a
way to login by using 'Connect As'. You press 'Connect As',
then enter the Windows computer name 'accounting\username' (no
quotes, accounting is the computer name), then the password and
press OK. If you can login, you will see Connection Successful.
Now go back and press Get Info for that computer name. You
should see much more information. Press Disconnect when you
are finished. Obviously, you have to know an account on the
target and for best results it needs to be an administrator
This tool uses SMB (server message block)
protocol to communicate over TCP/IP and NetBIOS sessions to
retrieve the information - hence, the name of the tool.
July 2012 - How to Use NetScanTools Pro v11 Port Scanner
This month's Hints and Tips topic is about
how to use NetScanTools Pro's Port Scanner tool.
If you haven't used it since v10, you may be in for a surprise.
It was totally rewritten from the ground up and you may need
some help understanding how to use it in v11.
First, familiarize yourself with Settings. The Scan Modes are
the same as before. The scan speed control is there giving you
access to the parallel test connections (each port is tested by
a separate test element called a 'thread') and the Delay between
launching each individual port test thread. If you want to ping
the target before scanning it, you can change those settings
Scanning a single IP over a port range is pretty much the same.
You input the port start and end, select the scan mode (tcp, udp
or other), enter the target IP or hostname, check the timeouts
then press Scan Range of Ports.
The results can be toggled between showing the results for all
ports or just the responding ports by checking the box above the
You can also scan a list of ports on a single IP. Press Edit
Common Ports List to see the current list of ports. Change the
list to your favorite ports. Don't forget to select TCP or UDP.
Then close the editor. Make all the same settings as for
scanning a range EXCEPT press Scan Common Ports. Again, you can
toggle the results view. Don't forget the right click option in
the results for a number of other things you can do.
Suppose you need to scan a range or list of IPs using either the
range of ports or the list of ports. That part really changed.
Here is how to do it:
First you have to define the list of IPs. Press 'Edit Target
List' to define them. You can create a range of IPs or import a
list IPs or manually enter them in. You can change their order.
Make whatever changes you need. You can export the list to a
text file for later reuse if you change the list frequently.
Finish your list and go back to the main Port Scanner window.
Most IMPORTANT: before scanning, check the box labeled 'Use
Target List When Scanning'. You don't have to enter an IP or
hostname. Decide whether you are using Scan Range of Ports or
Scan Common Ports and press it. Watch it work.
Press the Notes button to add a note of any kind to a scan.
Reports. The reports will be enhanced a bit in 11.31 to make the
text exporting work better and you will be able to decide to see
only the responding ports in the browser or text reports. Right
now it shows all ports scanned, responding or not.
Viewing a single report. Press reports, then double click on it
in the list of available reports. Your report will show up in
the default web browser.
Viewing a range of reports (required if you scanned a list of
IPs). Right click on the oldest report you want to see and
select 'Copy Reference from this row to Starting Reference
above'. Now right click again on the newest report you want to
see and select 'Copy Reference from this row to Ending Reference
above'. In the Multiple Test Report Filter Parameters group,
select the 'Range' radio button. Now go up and press View
Multiple Test Reports Using Filter Parameters. The report will
show up in your web browser. 11.31 will have some changes to
this operation as I mentioned above.
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