Merging Policies

Policies are merged one by one. When merging policies, the general rule is that the later policy always replaces the settings set by the former one. To change this behavior, you can use policy flags (available for every setting). Some settings have another rule (replace / append / prepend) that you can configure.

Keep in mind that the structure of the groups (their hierarchy) and the sequence of the policies determines how the policies are merged. Merging of any two policies may have different results depending on their order.

When creating policies, you will notice that some settings have additional rules that you can configure. These rules allow you to arrange the same settings in various policies.

Replace: The default rule which is used when merging policies. It replaces the settings set by the former policy.

Append: When applying the same setting in more than one policy, you can append the settings with this rule. The setting will be placed at the end of the list that was created by merging policies.

Prepend: When applying the same setting in more than one policy, you can prepend the settings with this rule. The setting will be placed at the beginning of the list that was created by merging policies.

Merging of local and remote lists

The recent ESET security products (see supported versions in table below) support merging of local settings with the remote policies in a new way. If the setting is a list (for example, a list of websites) and a remote policy is conflicting with an existing local setting, the remote policy overwrites it. You can choose how to combine local and remote lists. You can select different merging rules for:

flow_default Merging settings for remote policies.

icon_computer Merging of remote and local policies - local settings with the resulting remote policy.

 
Options are the same as mentioned above: Replace, Append, Prepend.

List of products supporting local and remote lists:

ESET security product

Version

ESET Endpoint for Windows

7+

ESET Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange

6+

ESET File Security for Windows Server

6+

ESET Mail Security for IBM Domino

6+

ESET Security for Kerio

6+

ESET Security for Microsoft SharePoint Server

6+

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validation-status-icon-warning IMPORTANT - Policy removal in ESET security products version 7

When a policy is removed, the configuration will automatically revert back to the previous policy that was applied to the clients.

icon_no_apply_policy Not apply flag turns individual policy settings to the default state on client computers.