just uncheck all the part options for that file in the audit i think.
It's probably not necessary, but you can un-check all the options in the snapshot job (backup files, md5 checksum, etc...). But as Bill said you'll also want to un-check all the options such as file permissions and file size. Then it should only flag whether the file exists or not.
But yes, you could do this using a component template, but for just one file that might be overkill.
you'd have to do the same stuff greg mentions w/ the CT.
the advantage of the CT over a simple snapshot/audit is that you can parameterize the path, so if the file is in d:\foo and f:\bar on different servers, you can take that into account w/ the CT but not the simple snap/audit
(simple = snap/audit of server objects)
The basic issue that works is to use the live file system objects rather than the configuration objects. And NOT check any of the Options for that object.
Yes, the configuration view is just for auditing the contents (configuration entries) of files.