As part of the VMware Smart Assurance deployment and configuration process, you need to modify certain files. User modifiable files include configuration files, rule set files, templates, and files (such as seed files, and security configuration files) that contain encrypted passwords. Original versions of these files are installed into appropriate subdirectories under the BASEDIR/smarts/ directory.
Original versions of files should not be altered. If a file requires modification, it must be stored as a local copy of the file in BASEDIR/smarts/local or one of its subdirectories. The VMware Smart Assurance System Administration Guide provides additional information about the sm_edit utility.