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Running registry baseline or registry compliance tasks

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File baseline and file compliance tasks are only available for Windows computers.

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 managed computers are compared to the baseline snapshot.

To perform a registry baseline scan, you create and run a Registry Baseline task. Symantec recommends that you run each registry baseline task once to establish the baseline, and then run the registry baseline task only when the computer 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, you continually overwrite the baseline snapshot file.

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

See Gathering baseline inventory

Before you perform this step, ensure that you have prepared the managed computers for gathering baseline inventory.

See Preparing managed computers for inventory and metering

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, do one of the following:

    • 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.

  6. On the Registry Baseline task page, under Task Status, configure the task schedule.

    See Adding a schedule to a policy, task, or job

  7. Click Save changes.

The next step is to wait for the client computers to receive the new task and report the results, and then view the data that is stored in the Configuration Management Database (CMDB).

See Viewing inventory data in reports