This documentation relates to the latest released version of BMC Discovery.
See the information on this topic for versions 11.2 or 11.1.

This section describes how BMC Discovery operates and how to configure and run the product.

The Discovery Engine is designed to locate systems in the network and obtain relevant information from them as quickly as possible, using a variety of different tools and techniques to communicate with devices.

The Reasoning Engine works on the raw data obtained by the Discovery Engine to infer the maximum amount of information about hosts and programs and populate the datastore intelligently. The Reasoning Engine uses patterns that identify running software based on the network ports, processes found, packages installed, protocols used, and so on. It also intelligently searches the discovered data to resolve relationships between items of software.

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