Gathering baseline inventory

Article:HOWTO75104  |  Created: 2012-04-20  |  Updated: 2012-04-20  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO75104
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Gathering baseline inventory

(Windows only)

Baseline inventory lets you track and compare the changes in files and registry keys for different computers. You generate a baseline that identifies the files or registry settings of a standard configuration computer. You can later run the compliance scans on your client computers to compare their current files or registry keys with those in the baseline. The differences between the baseline scan and compliance scan are reported to the Configuration Management Database (CMDB).

See About baseline inventory.

Table: Process for gathering baseline inventory

Step

Action

Description

Step 1

Prepare computers for gathering baseline inventory.

Target computers must be managed with the Symantec Management Agent and have the Inventory Plug-in installed.

See Preparing managed computers for inventory and metering.

Step 2

Create and run a file or registry baseline task.

A file baseline task lets you perform the file baseline scan and generate a baseline that identifies the files of a standard configuration computer.

See Running file baseline or file compliance tasks.

A registry baseline task lets you perform the registry baseline scan and generate a baseline that identifies the registry settings of a standard configuration computer.

See Running registry baseline or registry compliance tasks.

Step 3

Create and run a file or registry compliance task.

A file compliance task lets you perform the file compliance scan on your client computers to compare their current files with those in the baseline.

See Running file baseline or file compliance tasks.

A registry compliance task lets you perform the registry compliance scan on your client computers to compare their current registry settings with those in the baseline.

See Running registry baseline or registry compliance tasks.

Step 4

View baseline inventory results.

You can view baseline inventory data in Baseline Reports.

See Viewing inventory data in reports.


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