Creating Your Own Custom ConfigMgr 2012 Compliance Packs

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This demonstration will show you how to create your own custom compliance packs to import into ConfigMgr 2012/R2.

  1. First, download and install the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) solution accelerator.  Note that this can be easily from your workstation computer, it does not need to be on a Windows Server.  Also, a version of SQL (including the Express edition) needs to be installed locally as a prerequisite.
  2. When SCM has been launched for the first time, it will check for, download, and import baselines.
  3. However, newer baselines will still be missing.  Select the option to download baselines automatically.
  4. From the available products and baseline options, multi-select the desired configuration items, then export to SCCM DCM 2007 (.cab) –even for ConfigMgr 2012/R2!
  5. Next, store/save a copy of the .cab file where it can be easily imported into ConfigMgr.  If you’ve made a “complex” DCM, then I recommend ensuring that you’ve either created instructions on how to rebuild the cab, or retain/backup the original file.
  6. In the ConfigMgr console for Compliance Settings > Configuration Items, select to Import Configuration Data.
  7. In the wizard, click the Add button to include the baseline(s) that have been created and are ready for import.  Then complete the remainder of the wizard.
  8. Note that with the imported configuration data, the baseline(s) are automatically created as well.
  9. Finally, deploy the baseline(s) to the desired collection of systems.

And that’s all there is to quickly using SCM for creating your own compliance packs for ConfigMgr 2012/R2!

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