Running file baseline or file compliance tasks

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Running file baseline or file compliance tasks

(Windows only)

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

A file compliance task lets you perform the file compliance scan. The files that are found during this scan of your client computers are compared to the baseline snapshot. Baseline inventory also contains predefined reports to track baseline and compliance information.

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

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

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

See Gathering baseline inventory.

To run file baseline or file compliance tasks

  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 file baseline task or a file 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 File Baseline.

  4. In the right pane, configure the task as follows:

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

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

  5. Click OK to save the task.

  6. On the File 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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