Changing a user policy's weight

IBM® Sametime® products gives precedence to user policies that have higher weights over policies with lower weights. You can change the weight of policies to control their order of precedence.

About this task

User policies in Sametime have weights that determine whether or not a policy's attributes take precedence over the attributes of other policies. Policies with a higher weight take precedence over those with a lower weight. You can change the weight of policies to control their order of precedence by moving them up and down within the policy list of a Sametime product. The policy weights of the anonymous and default policies, which are the lowest (0) and next-lowest (1) weights, cannot be changed.

For a user or group that is assigned two or more policies, Sametime implements the policy with the highest weight. For authenticated users, Sametime searches for an exact ID match, and then applies the highest weighted policy. If there is no match for the specific user ID in any policy, then Sametime applies the highest weighted group match. If no group matches are found, the default policy is applied.


  1. Log in to the Integrated Solutions Console.
  2. Click Sametime System Console.
  3. Click Manage Policies.
  4. Click the Sametime component with the policy with the weight that you want to change.
    • Instant Messaging
    • Meetings
    • Media Manager
  5. Select a Policy ID from the list, and click Move Up or Move Down. Moving the policy up increases its wight; moving the policy down decreases its weight. You cannot change the weight of a default or of an anonymous policy.