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Gathering baseline inventory

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This type of inventory is only available for Windows computers.

Baseline inventory lets you track and compare the changes in files and registry keys on managed computers. You generate a baseline that identifies the files or registry settings of a computer. You can later run the compliance scans on your managed computers to compare their current files or registry keys with those in the baseline. The differences between the baseline scan and compliance scan data 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 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 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 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 managed 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 managed 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