Configuring System Health Policy

What is System Health Policy?

Desktop Central periodically scans the systems in your network to identify the missing patches. The missing patches include both the operating system and application patches pertaining to that system. Generally, patches are released with varying severities ranging from Low to Critical. Based on these patch severities, Desktop Central classifies the system into three categories to quickly identify the health status of the systems in the network.

How are the systems classified?

Based on the severity of the missing patches, the systems are categorized as Healthy, Vulnerable, and Highly Vulnerable in Desktop Central. The default health policy is as below:

  1. Healthy Systems are those that have up-to-date patches installed
  2. Vulnerable Systems are those that have missing patches in "Moderate" or "Low" severity levels.
  3. Highly Vulnerable Systems are those that have missing patches in "Critical" or "Important" severity levels.

The patches that are declined will not be considered for arriving at the system health status.

Customizing the Health Policy

Desktop Central allows you to customize this categorization by selecting the patch severity levels for various health states as below:

  1. Select the Admin tab.
  2. Click the System Health Policy link available under Patch Settings.
  3. Select the patch severity levels that are allowed for each states and click Save Changes.

It may be noted that you will not be allowed to select the same patch severity in different health states, i.e, if you select Low for Healthy Systems, you will not be allowed to select Low option for Vulnerable and Highly Vulnerable states.

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