How to merge multiple (dot) Nessus 5 XML files into a single report.

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On a recent engagement I needed to merge several Nessus files into a single main file for easier reporting and data mining. I was able to find a few general instructions on the Tenable site, however none of them worked as stated. I wanted to do a quick write-up on how to perform the merge in case someone else runs into this down the road. I also made this write-up using a simple command to merge the files together. I found it impossible to copy/paste the data from one file to another after about 35000 lines of XML have been reached.

Background:
All Nessus scan files are comprised of XML data. You can open and edit these files easily in just about any text editor. I do not recommend using notepad as it will typically bunch everything together and be hard to work with. I like to use Notepad++. If you do not have it installed already you can find it here: http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

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