Common tasks for managing compliance on devices with the System Center Configuration Manager client

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (Current Branch)

This article gives you an introduction to using System Center Configuration Manager compliance settings by guiding you through some common scenarios that you might come across.

If you're already familiar with compliance settings, you can find detailed information about all the features you use in Configuration items for devices managed with the System Center Configuration Manager client.

Before you start, read Get started with compliance settings to learn some basics about compliance settings. Read Plan for and configure compliance settings for information about necessary prerequisites.

General information for each scenario

In each scenario, you'll create a configuration item that performs a specific task. To open the Create Configuration Item Wizard and get started, take these steps:

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, select Assets and Compliance > Compliance Settings > Configuration Items.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Create group, select Create Configuration Item.

  3. On the General page of the Create Configuration Item Wizard, shown in the following screenshot, specify a name and description for the configuration item. Then choose the appropriate configuration item type for each scenario in this article.

    General page of the Create Configuration Item Wizard

Scenario: Disable Bluetooth on Windows 10 devices

In this scenario, your security department has determined that the Bluetooth capability on devices could be used to transmit sensitive corporate information outside the company. You've recently upgraded all your computers to Windows 10. You decide to disable Bluetooth on these devices.

  1. On the General page of the Create Configuration Item Wizard, select the Windows 10 configuration item type, and then select Next.

  2. On the Supported Platforms page of the wizard, select all Windows 10 platforms.

  3. On the Device Settings page, select Device, and then select Next.

  4. On the Device page, select Prohibited as the value for Bluetooth.

  5. Select Remediate noncompliant settings to ensure the change is applied to all Windows 10 devices.

  6. Complete the wizard to create the configuration item.

You can now use the information in the Common tasks for creating and deploying configuration baselines with System Center Configuration Manager article to help you deploy the configuration you've created to devices.

Scenario: Remediate an incorrect registry value on Windows desktop computers

Note

On Mac computers running the Configuration Manager client, you have two options for assessing compliance:

  • Evaluate a Mac OS X preferences (plist) file.
  • Use a custom script and evaluate the results returned by the script.

For more information, see How to create configuration items for Mac OS X devices managed with the System Center Configuration Manager client.

In this scenario, you discover that an important line-of-business app doesn't run correctly on some Windows 8.1 computers that you manage. You determine that this is because a registry key named HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Woodgrove\LOB App\Configuration\Configuration1 is set to a value of 0 on some computers. For the line-of-business app to run successfully, this value needs to be set to 1.

In this procedure, you'll create a configuration item that monitors for and automatically remediates any incorrect registry key values that are found.

  1. On the General page of the Create Configuration Item Wizard, select the Windows Desktops and Servers (custom) configuration item type, and then select Next.

  2. On the Supported Platforms page of the wizard, select Windows 8.1 (to ensure the configuration item applies only to affected computers).

  3. On the Settings page, select New to create a new setting.

  4. On the General tab of the Create Setting dialog box, configure these settings:

    • Name > Example setting

    • Setting type > Registry value

    • Data type > Integer (because the value contains a number only)

    • Hive > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

    • Key > SOFTWARE\Woodgrove\LOB App\Configuration\Configuration1

    • Value > 1 (the required value)

  5. On the Compliance Rules tab of the Create Setting dialog box, select New. In the Create Rule dialog box, configure these settings:

    • Name > Example Rule

    • Selected setting > Verify that the selected setting is Example setting.

    • Rule type > Value

    • The setting must comply with the following rule > Verify that the setting name is correct and configure the option to specify that the setting value must equal 1.

    • Remediate noncompliant rules when supported > Select this check box to ensure that Configuration Manager will reset the registry key value to the correct value if it's incorrect.

  6. Complete the wizard to create the configuration item.

You can now use the information in the Common tasks for creating and deploying configuration baselines article to help you deploy the configuration you've created to devices.

Next steps

Create and deploy configuration baselines