A file baseline task lets you perform the file baseline scan and gather data about the files on a computer at a given time. The data that is gathered during this scan is saved in a baseline snapshot (.BLS) file on the scanned computer.
A file compliance task lets you perform the file compliance scan. The files that are found during this scan of your client computers are compared to the baseline snapshot. Baseline inventory also contains predefined reports to track baseline and compliance information.
You perform a file baseline scan by creating and running a File Baseline task. Symantec recommends that you run the file baseline task once to establish the baseline, and then re-run the file baseline task only when the standard configuration changes.
You should not run the file baseline task on a regular basis if the file baseline task and the file compliance task run on the same computer. If you do, then you continually overwrite the file baseline snapshot file.
This task is a step in the process for gathering baseline inventory.