About exclude sets
Exclude sets are much simpler than include sets. Any attribute selected in an exclude is not displayed in the Drift Report, thus allowing you to filter the drift results to show only those attributes of interest. When a comparison job runs and compares the CIs in the baseline and target, excluded attributes are not used in the comparison.
The following scenario illustrates when using an exclude set would be useful. When you are comparing your business criteria computers (targets) to a computer (baseline) that is configured exactly as needed for the business, the computer name of each target differs from the computer name of the baseline. This is flagged as a drift. Excluding the computer name attribute would filter its display as a drift in the Drift Report.
Creating an exclude set
This section describes how to use the Qualification Builder to create an exclude set.
To create an exclude set
- Select Authoring > Exclude Sets.
- When the Exclude Set List of Items displays, click Create.
The Qualification Builder for an exclude set is displayed.
- Select a class name.
- Click Show, to see a list of all the attributes for the class.
- Select the attributes to exclude, and then click Close.
You can add additional classes to your exclude set with attributes selected for exclusion.
- When finished, click Save & Close.
Guidelines for exclude sets
Keep the following guidelines in mind when creating an exclude set:
- Use an exclude set when you want to include most attributes but not all in the comparison. You can specify which attributes to ignore (exclude) by using an exclude set.
- Using only an exclude set (no include set) to specify the attributes to be displayed in the Drift Report, is equivalent to including all attributes but excluding what is specified.
- An exclude set takes precedence over an include set. For example, if you are using both an include set and an exclude set and the exact same attribute is specified in both, the result is that no attribute is selected.
- For an exclude set, selecting attributes is optional. If no attributes are selected for an exclude, then no attributes for the class are used in the comparison.