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Running file baseline or file compliance tasks

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

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 managed computers are compared to the baseline snapshot. Baseline inventory also contains predefined reports to track baseline and compliance information.

To perform a file baseline scan, you create and run 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, you continually overwrite the file 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 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, do one of the following:

    • 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.

  6. On the File 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