Scan network for writable shares

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QUESTION :

I have a small-business network with 30 Windows XP machines on a single subnet and in a simple workgroup, not a domain. I would like to put a process in place that scans the network for writable shares. There is only one machine on the network, the file server, that should allow write-access. If there are any other machines that open up I would like to find out about it.

I intend to run the scan daily. I have a Ubuntu machine running Nagios on the network already so the solution could be run from a Windows or Linux environment.

ANSWER :

SoftPerfect Network Scanner does that (and more):

Pings computers.

Does not require administrative
privileges.

Detects hardware (MAC) addresses even
across routers.

Detects hidden shared folders (normally invisible on the network)
and write accessible shares.

Detects your internal and external IP
addresses.

Scans for listening TCP ports and SNMP
services.

Retrieves currently logged-on users.

You can mount and explore network
resources.

Can launch external third party
applications.

Exports results to HTML, XML, CSV and
TXT

Supports Wake-On-LAN, remote shutdown
and sending network messages.

Retrieves potentially any information
via WMI.

Retrieves information from remote
registry.

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SoftPerfect Network Scanner is freeware and portable (does not have to be installed).

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