The non-compliance severity level in Configuration Manager 2007 allows you to rate the severity of the non-compliance status so that you can prioritize attention and remedial action. It can be configured for two purposes:

Because you can have many objects or settings within a single configuration item, each with their own non-compliance severity level, the client's compliance evaluation for that configuration item will record the highest non-compliant severity level. Similarly, because a configuration baseline typically contains a number of configuration items, the client's compliance evaluation for the configuration baseline will record the highest non-compliant severity level reported by the configuration items it contains.

These non-compliance details are reported to the site in state messages. In addition, clients send status messages when the compliance status of a configuration item or configuration baseline changes from one compliance status to another, for example, from unknown to compliant or from compliant to non-compliant on re-evaluation. For more information about sending compliance information, see Compliance Sent As State Messages and Status Messages in Desired Configuration Management.

Non-compliance severity levels are also used to produce Microsoft Windows application event messages. These can be displayed on the client computer and collected by management products such as Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007. Management products can often be configured to take automatic action on the collected Windows events if they match defined criteria. For example, you could run automatic scripts if critical servers reported non-compliance, or you could send an e-mail to administrators to warn them about desktop misconfiguration.

The non-compliance severity level can be configured with the following options:

In addition to using the Windows application events, you can use the status messages in Configuration Manager 2007 to filter on non-compliance results in the Desired Configuration Management home page, in reports, and in queries.

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