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Get started using Discovery and Risk Assessment Server

Published: August 28, 2012

Summary: This article describes how to get started using Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013.

Applies to:  Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 

Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 is a server application that you can use to identify, analyze, and track end-user computing (EUC) applications, such as Excel workbooks and Access databases in your organization. Read this article to learn how to use Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013.

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Before you begin

Before you begin this task, review the following information about prerequisites:

Get started using Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013

A good first step to trying out Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 is to scan Excel workbooks and Access databases that are stored on your computer.

To try Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013

  1. Open Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013.

  2. On the Tools menu, click the Discover toolbar command.

    A Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 dialog box appears.

  3. By default, in the Folder Path box, C:\ is listed. In the Folder box, specify a path of a folder that you want to include, and then click the down arrow.

    The folder that you specified is added to the list in the Folder Path box. Repeat this step until you have created the initial list of locations that you want to use.

  4. To remove a folder, select it in the Folder Path box. Then, on the Tools menu, choose Delete Folder.

  5. To include Access databases in your initial, in the File Spec box, add a comma after *xls, and then type *mdb.

  6. To assess files to see their levels of risk, materiality, complexity, and statistics, take the following steps:

    1. Use the Risk Calculation Mode list to select Full.

    2. To assess Access databases, select the Calculate Access Risk check box.

    3. To assess Excel workbooks, select the Calculate Spreadsheet Risk check box.

    4. Specify an RSK file to assess files. To locate an RSK file, click the Browse button. By default, an RSK file is available at C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\ACM\Discovery\Default.rsk.

  7. Next to the Results Folder box, click the Browse button.

    The Browse For Folder dialog box appears.

  8. Specify a location where you want to save a report showing your initial analysis using Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013, and then click OK.

  9. In the Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 dialog box, click the Save toolbar command to save your discovery process settings. A Save As dialog box appears.

  10. Specify a name and location for the discovery process, and then click Save. This information is saved in a file known as a Discovery File (.dis).

  11. Click Discover to start the discovery process.

    Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 identifies and analyzes all the files in the locations that you specified that meet the discovery criteria that you selected.

Take the next step: Create a master inventory

Now that you have used Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 for the first time, a good next step is to use Microsoft Discovery and Risk Assessment Server 2013 to create a master inventory. For more information, see Use Discovery and Risk Assessment Server to create or update a master inventory.

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