Adjusting performance parameters

Nmap not only adjusts itself to different network and target conditions while scanning, but it also supports several parameters that affect the behavior of Nmap, such as the number of hosts scanned concurrently, number of retries, and number of allowed probes. Learning how to adjust these parameters properly will save you a lot of scanning time in your life.

The following recipe explains the Nmap parameters that can be adjusted to improve performance.

How to do it...

Enter the following command, adjusting the values according to your needs:

# nmap --min-hostgroup 100 --max-hostgroup 500 --max-retries 2 -iR 0

How it works...

The command shown previously tells Nmap to scan and report by grouping no less than 100 (--min-hostgroup ...

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