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Compare Objects

This article explains how to compare 2-3 objects and provides suggestions about what to consider when comparing duplicate and inconsistent objects.

About Comparing Objects

CDO helps you compare object contents and each object’s relationship to the devices and policies they impact. When comparing object groups, CDO compares a consolidated list of all the objects values in one group to a consolidated list of all the object values in the other groups. When a value is the same across the compared objects, CDO labels it a Shared Value. When a value is different across the compared objects, CDO labels it an Inconsistent Value.

Note: The Inconsistent Value label is used in the context of the values of the objects being compared. It is not the same as an inconsistent object that CDO identified across devices.

Compare Objects

  1. Open the Objects page.
  2. Filter the objects on the page to find the objects you want to compare.
  3. Click the Compare button compare_button.png.
  4. Select up to three objects to compare. 
  5. View the objects, side-by-side, at the bottom of the screen. 
  • Click the up and down arrows in the Object Details title bar to see more or less of the Object Details.
  • Expand or collapse the Details and Relationships boxes to see more or less information.
  1. (Optional) The Relationships box shows how an object is used. It may be associated with a device or a policy. If the object is associated with a device, you can click the device name and then click View Configuration to see the configuration of the device. CDO shows you the device's configuration file and highlights the entry for that object.


  • When comparing duplicate objects, look at the device relationships of the object that will be affected. Find objects with the different names, on the same device, with the same values. Consider the policies that could be affected by a merge.
  • When comparing inconsistent objects, find objects that have the same names but different values and are used in different relationships. Consider renaming objects used for different purposes. 
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