Running registry baseline or registry compliance tasks

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Running registry baseline or registry compliance tasks

(Windows only)

A registry baseline task lets you perform the registry baseline scan and gather data about the registry settings on a computer at a given time. The data that is gathered during this scan is saved in a registry baseline snapshot file (.RBL) on the scanned computer.

A registry compliance task lets you perform the registry compliance scan. The registry settings that are found during this scan of your client computers are compared to the baseline snapshot.

You perform a registry baseline scan by creating and running a Registry Baseline task. Symantec recommends that you run each registry baseline task once to establish the baseline, and then re-run the registry baseline task only when the standard configuration changes.

You should not run the registry baseline task on a regular basis if the registry baseline task and the compliance task run on the same computer. If you do, then you continually overwrite the baseline snapshot file.

This task is a step in the process for gathering baseline inventory.

See Gathering baseline inventory.

To run a registry baseline scan

  1. In the Symantec Management Console, on the Manage menu, click Jobs and Tasks.

  2. In the left pane, navigate to the folder where you want to create and run a registry baseline task or a registry compliance task, right-click the folder, and then click New > Task.

    For example, to create the task in the Inventory folder, expand Jobs and Tasks > System Jobs and Tasks > Discovery and Inventory, right-click Inventory, and then click New > Task.

  3. In the Create New Task dialog box, in the left pane, under Discovery and Inventory, click Registry Baseline.

  4. In the right pane, configure the task.

    • To configure the registry baseline task, click Compile a baseline snapshot.

    • To configure the registry compliance task, click Compare with a baseline snapshot.

  5. Click OK to save the task.

  6. On the Registry Baseline task page, under Task Status, schedule the task to run on target computers.

    For more information, see the topic about adding a schedule to a policy, task, or job in the Symantec Management Platform User Guide.

  7. Click Save changes.

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