FAQ: How Can I Scan Large Websites with Multiple Instances of Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner?

In order to save time scanning websites, you can run multiple instances of Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner (up to 2 concurrent scans or up to 10 concurrent scans depending on your license), allowing you to scan numerous websites at the same time, or you can start multiple scans on the same website.

This guide will show you how to use multiple instances of Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner to scan a large website, in order to save time and increase the number of websites that can be scanned daily.

First, you have to configure different Scan Settings Templates with different Directory and File Filter rules. For example, if your website has ‘sub1’ and ‘sub2’ as sub-directories, and each directory is to be scanned separately, exclude ‘sub1’ from the first instances’ Scan Settings Template and exclude ‘sub2’ in the other instances’ Scan Settings Template.

To exclude sub-directories, navigate to the Configuration > Scan Settings > Crawling Options > Directory and File Filters node. You can read more about excluding directories in the section ‘Directory and File Filters’ in the Acunetix WVS user manual. To learn more about how to create new Scan Settings Templates or to modify existing ones, refer to the section ‘Creating, modifying, or deleting Scan Settings templates’.

Example of Filters Node for Directory and File

Once the different Scan Settings Templates have been created, launch a scan, selecting the Scan Settings Template which excludes one of the sub-directories. Once the first scan is up and running, launch another instance of Acunetix WVS and from the scan wizard select the other Scan Settings Template you previously created.

In the example above, we scanned a website with 2 sub-directories. If you have more sub-directories, you can create several Scan Settings Templates each containing different directory and file filters.

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  • This will, however, increase the load on the scanned website, correct?

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