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What is a scanning machine?

  • Last updated: May 17, 2022

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A scanning machine is a virtual or physical machine that runs scans. You can run scans on the same machine as the web server and Enterprise server to begin with. When you follow the installation wizard, this is the default option that is selected.

Bundled scanning machine

Alternatively, you can set up as many external machines as you want and use them as dedicated scanning machines. In this way, you can spread your scans across multiple scanning machines to avoid overloading a single machine. You can assign a maximum number of concurrent scans that can be run on each machine. Please refer to the system requirements section for more information about how many machines you might need to deploy.

Setup with two external scanning machines

Note that if you decide to use external scanning machines, you need to authorize them in Burp Suite Enterprise Edition before you can use them to run scans.

Scanning pools

On standard deployments (as opposed to Kubernetes deployments), scanning machines exist in one of several scanning pools. These pools are used to manage resources for different kinds of scans, or for scanning different sorts of sites. To assign the machine to a different pool, see Managing scanning pools.