Managing policies in the Administration Console
12 December 2023
A policy is a set of Kaspersky Endpoint Security operation settings applied to an administration group. You can use policies to apply identical Kaspersky Endpoint Security settings to all client devices within an administration group.
Multiple policies with different values of the settings can be configured for a single application. However, there can be only one active policy at a time for an application within an administration group. When you create a new policy, all other policies within an administration group become inactive. You can change the policy status later.
Policies have a hierarchy, similarly to administration groups. By default, a child policy inherits the settings from the parent policy. A child policy is a policy of a nested hierarchy level, that is, a policy for nested administration groups and secondary Administration Servers. You can enable inheritance of the settings from the parent policy.
You can locally modify the values of the settings specified by the policy for individual devices within the administration group, if modification of these settings is not prohibited by the policy.
Each policy setting has a "lock" attribute that indicates whether child policy settings and local application settings can be modified. The "lock" status of a setting within a policy determines whether or not an application setting on a client device can be edited:
- When a setting is "locked" (), you cannot edit the setting. The setting value specified by the policy is used for all client devices within the administration group.
- When a setting is "unlocked" (), you can edit the setting. For all client devices in the administration group, the settings specified locally are used. The settings specified in the policy are not applied.
After the policy is applied for the first time, the application settings change in accordance with the policy settings.
You can perform the following operations with the policies:
- Create a policy.
- Edit policy settings.
If the user account which is used to access the Administration Server does not have permissions to edit the settings of certain functional scopes, the settings of these functional scopes are not available for editing. Configuration of some settings is not supported in the KESL container.
- Delete a policy.
- Export and import a policy.
- Change a policy status.
- Compare policy versions in the Revision history section of the policy properties window.
You can also create policy profiles. A policy profile may contain settings that differ from the "base" policy settings and apply to client devices when the configured conditions (activation rules) are met. Using policy profiles allows you to flexibly configure operation settings for different devices. You can create and configure profiles in the Policy profiles section of the policy properties.
For general information on working with policies and policy profiles, refer to Kaspersky Security Center documentation.