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NCM rules

Created by Caroline Juszczak, last modified by Anthony.Rinaldi_ret on Oct 03, 2016

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Rules describe what is to be found (or not found) in device configuration files. Rules contain the following properties:




How the rule will be shown in display lists and Reports


Description of the rule

Alert Level

Severity of the alert:

  • Informational
  • Warning
  • Critical


Folder to which the rule belongs

Pattern Must Exist

Whether the pattern should be found or not


Regular expression or string that defines the search object

String Type

Type of search expression:

  • Regular expression
  • Find string

If the Advanced Config Search feature is activated, string matching includes these additional properties:




Operator that defines the relationship between two strings


Operator that logically groups strings

Must/Must Not Contain

Determines if the alert triggers based on the presence or absence of a string


Regular expression or string that defines the search object

String Type

Type of search expression

  • Regular expression
  • Find string

Customize violation levels for policy rules

By default, NCM provides three violation levels for compliance reports. You can select one of these levels in rules to specify the alert level of the violation.

  • Level 1: Informational
  • Level 2: Warning
  • Level 3: Critical

You can customize the descriptor of the violation level to have a different meaning for the level.

  1. Click Settings > All Settings. If you are on the Compliance Policy Reports view, click NCM Settings in the top right of the view.
  2. In the Compliance Policy Report Management section, select Manage Violation Level.
  3. In the text field for the level that you are changing, replace the word describing that level.
  4. Click Submit.


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