Beacon Device Scout: System Requirements

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This document will help you to properly size a deployment environment for the Device Scout.


Hardware Requirements


The following Microsoft Windows platforms will support the latest Beacon Device Scout, in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. For production deployments, we recommend a server platform.

  • Microsoft® Windows Server 2019
  • Microsoft® Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1


The Device Scout platform should be sized according to its intended use. The table on the following page provides basic sizing guidelines based upon the size of the planned discovery environment and the number of active output devices.


The processor requirements are stated in terms of single-core CPUs. For the purposes of installing the Beacon Device Scout, multiple-core CPUs can meet multiple-CPU requirements. For example, a dual-core CPU running at 1.2 GHz or higher will meet the requirements of 2 single-core 1.2 GHz CPUs.


EnvironmentRecommended Platform

Scan size: up to 5,000 IPs

Devices: up to 500

Small system

CPU: 2 x 1.2GHz or greater (32 or 64 bit)


Free space: 20GB

100 Mbps network interface

Scan size: 5,000 – 10,000 IPs

Devices: 500 – 1,000

Medium system

CPU: 2 x 1.2GHz or greater (32 or 64 bit)


Free space: 20GB

100 Mbps network interface

Scan size: 10,000 – 20,000 IPs

Devices: 1,000 – 2,000

Large system

CPU: 2 x 1.2GHz or greater (64 bit)


Free space: 40GB

1000 Mbps network interface

Scan size: over 20,000 IPs

Devices: over 2,000
Consult Pharos


Installing in a virtual environment

You can install the Device Scout in a virtual environment. The system requirements listed above are measured in physical hardware. If you are installing in a virtual environment, convert the requirements to virtual resource equivalents per your virtual platform’s conversion guidelines.


Installing along with other network discovery tools

You can install the Device Scout in an environment with other network discovery applications. In this scenario, the hardware requirements should be treated as additional to the hardware requirements of any other applications that will run in parallel.


Scanning multiple network segments

If you are installing multiple Device Scouts to scan different network segments, you must install each Device Scout on its own virtual machine. Multiple Device Scouts cannot be installed within the same operating system.


Software Requirements

The Microsoft® .NET Framework 4.6.1 or higher must be installed. If it is not already installed, it will be installed automatically during the Device Scout installation process. The Device Scout can coexist with other .NET frameworks in parallel.


Installing the Device Scout