How to associate non-standard ports with an application
Some applications running on the network may be using a non-standard port. If you are aware of these exceptions and want to add the port to an application’s definition, you can do so.
The benefit of is that you do not need to wait for the Server Application Discovery tool to see something that you already know exists.
For example, the standard server port for MySQL is 3306. But you configured your MySQL server to use 63245 instead—a non-standard port. You must therefore associate port 63245 with the MySQL application definition so that it can be reported with greater ease in Server Application Discovery.
To associate non-standard ports with an application definition, complete the following steps:
1. Click the File tab, and click Options > Protocol Definitions.
2. Click an applications definitions tab that interests you (seen below the Start and Stop buttons).
3. Scroll through the list of application definitions, and find one that you want to associate non-standard ports with.
4. Click the application definition to select it.
5. Click Add Ports.
The Add Application Definition dialog appears.
6. Type the port number, or port range, to associate with the selected application.
7. Click OK to confirm your changes.
8. Click Apply Changes.
You successfully associated a non-standard port with an application. You can repeat this process for any application definition at any time.
Observer is intelligent enough to not require you to complete these steps—it will discover items regardless—but your manual entry adds meaningful intelligence to your tool set and may aid you in the future.
Using the MySQL example, you would select the TCP Application Definitions tab, scroll down the list, select MySQL, click Add Ports, type 63245, click OK, and finally click Apply Changes. The software now recognizes activity on port 63245 as potentially being MySQL.