Managing Policies

When you create a policy, you use a payload-based interface to configure settings for the policy and add tasks to it. For more information on the settings you can configure, see the following section in this guide:

Policy Payload Reference

After you create a policy, you can view the plan, status, and logs for the policy. You can also flush policy logs.

Creating a Policy

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Policies.
    On a smartphone or iPod touch, this option is in the pop-up menu.

  4. Click New images/download/thumbnails/10126825/New_icon.png .

  5. Use the General payload to configure basic settings for the policy, including the trigger and execution frequency.
    For an overview of the settings in the General payload, see General Payload.

  6. Use the rest of the payloads to configure the tasks you want to perform.
    For an overview of each payload, see Policy Payload Reference.

  7. Click the Scope tab and configure the scope of the policy.
    If you have migrated users, you can add users and computers as targets to the scope. If you have not migrated users yet, you can only add computers as targets to the scope.
    For more information, see Scope.

  8. (Optional) Click the Self Service tab and make the policy available in Self Service.
    For more information, see Self Service Policies.

  9. (Optional) Click the User Interaction tab and enter messages to display to users or allow users to defer the policy.
    For more information, see User Interaction.

  10. Click Save.

Cloning, Editing, or Deleting a Policy

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Policies.
    On a smartphone or iPod touch, this option is in the pop-up menu.

  4. Click the policy you want to clone, edit, or delete.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • To clone the policy, click Clone and make changes as needed. Then click Save.

    • To edit the policy, click Edit and make changes as needed. Then click Save.

    • To delete the policy, click Delete and then click Delete again to confirm.

Viewing the Plan for a Policy

The plan for a policy includes the following information:

  • An indicator light that shows whether the policy is enabled

  • The execution frequency for the policy

  • The trigger(s) for the policy

  • The scope of the policy

  • The site that the policy belongs to

  • A list of actions for the policy

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Policies.
    On a smartphone or iPod touch, this option is in the pop-up menu.
    A list of policies and their plans are displayed.

  4. To view the actions for a policy, click Expand images/download/thumbnails/10126825/Add_icon.png for the policy.

Viewing the Status of a Policy

For each policy, you can view a pie chart that shows the number of computers for which the policy has completed, failed, and is still remaining.

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Policies.
    On a smartphone or iPod touch, this option is in the pop-up menu.

  4. Click Grid View images/download/thumbnails/10126825/Grid_View_icon.png at the top of the list.

Viewing and Flushing Logs for a Policy

The logs for a policy include a list of computers that have run the policy and the following information for each computer:

  • The date/time that the policy ran on the computer

  • The status of the policy

  • The actions logged for the policy

  1. Log in to the JSS with a web browser.

  2. Click Computers at the top of the page.

  3. Click Policies.
    On a smartphone or iPod touch, this option is in the pop-up menu.

  4. Click the policy you want to view logs for.

  5. Click Logs.

  6. To view the actions logged for a computer, click Show for the computer.
    To hide the information when you are done viewing it, click Hide.

  7. To flush a policy log for a single computer, click Flush for the computer.

  8. To flush all logs for the policy, click Flush All at the bottom of the pane.

Related Information

For related information, see the following sections in this guide:

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