Adapters Screen
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The Adapters screen displays the list of the solutions Axonius integrates with, called adapters.

To open the Adapters screen, click the image.png icon on the left navigation panel.


Each adapter entry includes the adapter name, logo and description, and each record is highlighted in one of the following colors:

  • Green (image.png icon) - the adapter is successfully connected
  • Orange (image.png icon) - there is a connection error in at least one of the configured adapter servers
  • Grey - the adapter is not connected

Connecting adapters enable Axonius to pull assets information from many sources across the organization, including:

Agent adapters provide Axonius with the data to determine whether devices are being managed according to policy. Agents include:

  • IT Agents - such as Tanium and IBM BigFix.
  • Endpoint Protection Platform (EPP) agents - such as CylancePROTECT, Carbon Black CB Defense/Protection/Response, Symantec Endpoint Protection and McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO)
  • Configuration/Patch Management solutions - such as Chef and Puppet.

Identity adapters provide Axonius the data for the identities used in the organization, examples are Microsoft Active Directory (AD) and Okta.

Networking adapters provide Axonius with data on devices connecting through the networks, identifying the networking location of devices and discovering unmanaged devices.
Some networking adapters connect directly to switches, such as Cisco, Juniper Junos, Aruba and Fortinet Fortigate. Others connect to a networking management solution like Cisco Prime, Infoblox DDI and RedSeal.

Vulnerability Assessment Solutions
Vulnerability assessment solutions, such as, Qualys Cloud Platform and Rapid7 Nexpose are also part of the networking view.

Virtualization and Cloud
Virtualization and Cloud adapters provide Axonius with data on the virtual assets in the environment:

  • Local virtualization systems - such as VMWare ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V.
  • Public cloud environments like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.
To achieve a comprehensive and continuous asset inventory, connect as many adapters as possible, with at least one connected adapter from each of the categories listed above.

To connect a new adapter, please provide the needed access credentials. The details will vary by adapter, but will include some combination of:

  1. IP Addresses
  2. User Names
  3. Passwords
  4. Key Files
  5. Any other credentials needed to access the adapters being used

For example, the Microsoft Active Directory (AD) adapter configuration screen:

To connect an adapter server, do the following:

  1. Open the Adapters screen. Click the image.png icon on the left navigation panel.
  2. Search and click the relevant adapter. The Adapter Servers screen opens displaying the list of connected servers.
  3. To add new connection, click "New Server". The Adapter Server Configuration modal opens.
  4. Populate the required information.
    To test the configured connection, click "Test Connectivity".
    To save your changes, click "Save".

As a result, the connection will be established and the adapter will start collecting data.

If the adapter server is connected successfully, image.png icon is displayed on the adapter server record.
If the connection has failed, error icon image.png appears.

Axonius generates a system notification and additional Syslog message, HTTPs Log messages and emails, if those are enabled. For details, see Global Settings.

To see the conncetion error reason and to fix the configuration, open the Adapter Server Configuration modal, by clicking the server record.


When connecting adapters, note that:

  • Most of the adapters include documented connection instructions. To view such instructions, click image.png
  • You can connect multiple servers. For example, to connect multiple Microsoft Active Directory (AD) domain controllers, configure a different server for each domain controller.
  • When the Axonius VM connects to these servers, it must have connectivity to that address, i.e. it must be able to connect to that IP/URL on that port.
  • All fields not marked as 'optional' are mandatory and must be populated
  • In addition to the adapter server configuration settings, each adapter has 'Advanced Settings' used to support your use of Axonius. For more details, see Adapter Advanced Settings.
Some adapters require additional steps to gain the relevant connection details, such as generating API keys or other steps. To understand the required actions for connecting each adapter, open its connection documentation page. For more details, see Adapters List on the product documentation and the Adapter Matrix on the Axonius website.
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