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Default vs. Microsoft vs. Customized Column Definitions Clarification Needed RRS feed

  • Question

  • I apologize in advance if this is too n00b of a question, but I'm having hard time figuring out what each column entails. Does Default column and its values correspond to origianal values that are applies by default with OS/application install? If yes, what is the difference between Microsoft and Customized? I guess I'm trying to understand that if, for example, I pick Win7-SSLF-Laptop baseline and leave it unchanged, settings from which column would get applied - Default, Microsoft or Customized?
    Again, pardon the potentially dumb question, but I can't seem to find clarification anywhere.

     

     

    Thanks!

    Friday, January 21, 2011 4:29 AM

Answers

  • Kurt is dead-on, I will only add that they appear the same (Customized vs. Microsoft) because you have yet to customize a setting in one of your baselines. The idea in SCM is that you “duplicate” one or more of our (Microsoft’s) baselines and then tailor them to your particular environment. 

    We’ve bolded this setting to call out to you that it varies from the Microsoft recommendation. Hope this clarifies the UI. As Kurt mentions, we are making a great effort in v2.0 for simplification. J

     

    Cheers!

     

    Jeff dot Sigman at microsoft dot com
    {Programmer Dude}
    Microsoft | Solution Accelerators

    Friday, January 21, 2011 8:35 PM

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  • You're not the only one who finds the user interface (UI) confusing:) SCM 2.0 will have a simpler UI that addresses this specific issue. Here's what the columns mean:

    "Default" is the default value for the setting in a pristine installation of the OS or application.

    "Microsoft" is the value prescribed by our team in the Microsoft-provided baselines available in SCM.

    "Customized" is the value you and your colleagues have prescribed in your own custom baselines. In other words, the "Customized" colun only has significance when you are working on custom baselines.


    Kurt Dillard http://www.kurtdillard.com
    Friday, January 21, 2011 8:02 PM
  • Kurt is dead-on, I will only add that they appear the same (Customized vs. Microsoft) because you have yet to customize a setting in one of your baselines. The idea in SCM is that you “duplicate” one or more of our (Microsoft’s) baselines and then tailor them to your particular environment. 

    We’ve bolded this setting to call out to you that it varies from the Microsoft recommendation. Hope this clarifies the UI. As Kurt mentions, we are making a great effort in v2.0 for simplification. J

     

    Cheers!

     

    Jeff dot Sigman at microsoft dot com
    {Programmer Dude}
    Microsoft | Solution Accelerators

    Friday, January 21, 2011 8:35 PM
  • Jeff and Kurt, thank you both for the answers! SCM is a fantastic product and it's exciting to see it getting better and better. When is v2 due, roughly?
    Saturday, January 22, 2011 12:45 AM
  • Thanks Jeff! GPO backup import would be tremendous help in comparing current GPOs with custom-built baselines!
    Can't wait!
    Monday, January 24, 2011 6:23 PM