In This Article
This article is an overview of Policies and how the settings are applied and a common method of configuration.
Types of Policies
There are three types of Policies, System, Scheduled Task and User Default. The following linked article explains the different types of Policies and the priority that they are applied:
How Settings are Applied
Any specific setting can only have one value for a specific search. Settings configured in one or more System Policy applied to an endpoint will use the value for that setting for any search performed unless the setting is configured different in a Scheduled Task Policy and the following Policy setting is configured as true:
System Policies are written to the registry in HKLM while Scheduled Task Policy settings are only used while a Scheduled Task is run that is configured in the same Scheduled Task Policy. Scheduled Task Policy settings are sent to the Client to run the search in an xml file which is why the above mentioned setting is worded that a configuration file can override a System Policy.
If you have the setting "set" (meaning you configured it and it is shows as User Set) in the System Policy and in the Scheduled Task Policy then the System Policy value of that setting would take priority over the value of it in the Scheduled Task Policy.
If you have the setting "set" (meaning you did NOT configure it and it is shown as Default) in the System Policy and in the Scheduled Task Policy then it would not be configured and just be using the default value.
The caveat to this is that if you have the following setting configured as True then a Scheduled Task Policy (a configuration file) value of a setting will override the value of that setting configured in a System Policy.
Most Common Configuration
The most common configuration is to have a System Policy that only has settings configured that you would always want enforced with usually no exceptions. This would have settings like the above mentioned setting, the polling interval, settings to specify specific Anyfind behavior (such as to allow 7 or 8 digit SSNs in Excel sheets...). Then you would have Scheduled Task Policies with the specific settings for each individual search.
Settings Viewer Help Tool
The Settings Viewer is a stand-alone reference tool that describes all of the settings available for the client applications: