Scan Files

Information that is collected from each computer is written to a scan file and is stored in the following file formats:

  • Compressed XML (XSF)

    All information scanned on the computer is stored to the file. The file is compressed using gzip. The files can be uncompressed using gzip, WinZip, or any other program that supports gzip decompression.

  • Delta Scan File (DSF)

    Instead of sending a full scan file to a probe after every scan, the scanners can calculate the difference (the delta) between the last full scan and the current one and transfer just this in Delta Scan File format (DSF). This format can dramatically reduce network bandwidth.

    Delta Scan files cannot be viewed or used in the Inventory Tools (Analysis Workbench, SAI Editor, and Viewer).

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