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How to block or allow device's in Symantec Endpoint Protection

Created: 30 Sep 2011 • Updated: 14 Oct 2011 | 18 comments
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There are two ways that devices can be identified in Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) 11 and 12: 1. by Class ID, 2. by Device ID.  There are advantages and disadvantages of using either method and there is a different functionality for each method.  This article will be discussing these two IDs and how to use then in SEP.

Class ID

A Class ID is a generic category of devices that are designated by the Windows operating system.  A Class ID is always listed as a Guid.  Here are some examples of Class IDs.

  • Disk Drives - {4d36e967-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}
  • Storage Volumes - {71a27cdd-812a-11d0-bec7-08002be2092f}
  • USB devices - {36FC9E60-C465-11CF-8056-444553540000}
  • DVD/CD-ROM - {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
  • IDE - {4d36e96a-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}
  • PCMCIA - {4d36e977-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}

In SEP, wildcards are not supported on Class IDs.

For a list of Class IDs you can click here.

Device ID

A Device ID (also known as a Device Instance ID in Windows) is a specific ID that is given to each device.  A Device ID can be much more useful for blocking or allowing devices because it is made by concatenating a list of data about the particular device.  Device IDs are generally in a more readable format.

Here are two common formats for Device IDs:

<class>\<type>&<vendor>&<model>&<revision>\<serial number>

<class>\<type><vendor><model><revision>\<serial number>

Here are some examples of Device IDs for a few devices:

  • SanDisk Micro Cruzer - USBSTOR\DISK&VEN_SANDISK&PROD_CRUZER_MICRO&REV_2033\0002071406&0
  • Apple iPod - USBSTOR\DiskApple___iPod____________1.62\4&3656B0&0
  • Hitachi IDE Hard Drive - IDE\DISKHTS541060G9SA00_________________________MB3IC60H\4&14AA9DA8&0&0.0.0

For Device IDs we support wildcards.  Both * and ? are supported.

  • Asterisk [*] - means zero or more of any character
  • Question mark [?] - means a single character of any value

Here are some examples of using wildcards:

Any USB Storage device


Any USB Disk


Any USB SanDisk drive


Any USB SanDisk Micro Cruzer drive


A specific SanDisk device


Generally I recommend using Device ID's over Class IDs for most use cases.

Hardware Devices

Both the Class IDs and the Device IDs can be added to the SEP manager under the Policy Components --> Hardware Devices section.

Hardware Devices

Device Viewer

On the SEP CD or DVD under the Tools\NoSupport folder you will find the Device Viewer (DevViewer).  The Device Viewer can be used to get either the Class ID or the Device ID of a particular device.  It also has the ability to let you copy the IDs to the clipboard so that you can paste into the SEP manager (using Ctrl+V).

Copy from DevViewer

The Device Viewer also gives you the ability to view devices by type or by connection.

By type:

DevViewer by type

By connection:

DevViewer by connection

Device Control

SEP has the ability to block devices using either Application Control or Device Control.  Device Control gives the ability to completely disable a device.  When a device has been disabled this way you can see it as disabled even in the Windows Device manager.  Device Control can be useful if you do not want your users to use the device at all.  With Device Control you can use both Class IDs and Device IDs.

Device Control

Device Control also allows you to block devices at any node in the tree.  If you block a device at one node then all devices below that node (all children) will be blocked also.  Conversely if you exclude a device then all the devices above that node will also be excluded.

In the example below, if you want to block the SanDisk Cruzer you can block it by blocking the USB Mass Storage Device:

Device Control example

Note: on Windows 2000, XP and 2003 if you disable a USB device with SEP's Device Control then the operating system will power down the device.  Devices such as Androids, iPods, cameras and other types of portable devices will not be able to get charged.  On newer operating systems such as Windows Vista, Windows 7 and 2008 the operating system will allow the devices to receive power even if they are disabled.

Application Control

If you want to do more granular blocking of devices you can do that by using the Application Control feature.  Application Control is a very powerful engine that allows you to block read, write or execute on a device.  If you want to you can even go to the level of controlling what individual applications can do.  For example you could create a policy using Application Control to block any program that is running off a USB drive from changing the registry or modifying files on the host computer.

With Application Control you can only use Device IDs.  Class IDs will not work.  Device IDs are allowed in the following places:

Program Definition

  • Application Rule process
  • Launch process
  • Terminate process

File Definition

  • File Access
  • Load DLL

Program Definition

You can only block a device with Application Control that is at the end of a node in the tree, unless the end node is "Generic volume" or "Storage volume".  In these two cases you will block the device that is one up from the last node (the parent of the last node).

In the example below you cannot block the SanDisk Cruzer Micro at either the "USB Mass Storage Device" node or at the "Generic volume" node:

DevViewer example

Most Device ID's that are supported by Application Control will have one of these types:




  • Example: FDC\GENERIC_FLOPPY_DRIVE\4&371082C9&0&0


  • Example: IDE\DISKHTS541060G9SA00_________________________MB3IC60H\4&14AA9DA8&0&0.0.0


  • Example: SCSI\DISK&VEN_WDC_WD50&PROD_00KS-00MNB0&REV_700.\4&1291CDED&0&000

Note: Application Control can only block devices that are seen by Windows as disk drives and have drive letters associated with them.  Devices that do not add drive letters (such as an iPhone or iPad) will need to be blocked using Device Control.

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Symantec World's picture

Thanks Elisha for shring this information.

Regards, M.R

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MaRRuT@CC's picture

good work Elisha =) I know how hard it can be to create tutorials for every user...

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Sumit G's picture

Good KB.


Sumit G.

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thumpertwin's picture

I have a requirement for a new customerI am setting up on a server to block all usb devices but allow certain ones through.

I did the following

used device view util to copy device ID of USB stick want to allow and added to to allowed devices.

then clicked usb and added it to blocked devices

applied the policy to default group.and immedialty mouse stopped.

My server is in the top 'computer' group so should not affect it??

now usb mouse on the server does not work but what puzzles me is the keyboard , also usb does work.

been trying to run SEPMC without the mouse is not working.

OS server 2008 64bit R2 Xeon 3Ghz 8Gb ram 1Tb raid 5 bitblocker active w/o TPM

domain enviroment

No its not a Harley but starts every time and has never broken down

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Sumit G's picture

Update the Human Interface Device Id in Exceptional


Sumit G.

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phamduyus's picture

Hi Everybody

I am an IT administrator. I using SEP 11.x 11.0.7200.1147 I have a question :

How to send report to me by e-mail automatic when anyone plug-in USB to their computer ? Tell me known that : which computer name ? which user name ? what time ?...


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phamduyus's picture

Thanks pete_4u2002 for your share

I did follow the instruction that you provied. I don't see any e-mail send to me when user plug-in USB into their computer but I can log in Monitor.

Also, I have been setup mail server OK ( My shedule report send to me is OK )


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In order to get an email from any USB device you need to be running SEP 12.1.  You can create a Device Control policy in SEP 12.1 to block all USB devices and then add an exclusion in for all USB devices.  Since the exclusion is added no USB devices will actually be blocked.

Then you go to Monitors --> Notifications and add in a new Notification Condition called "Client Security Alert".  In this notification you will check the "Device Control" option to get alerted of Device Control events.

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pete_4u2002's picture

i do not think there is notification, you can view only the information on SEPM

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phamduyus's picture

Thanks Elisha..

So , SEP 11.x can not get e-mail when user plug-in USB in their computer ?

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Elisha's picture

SEP 11 can only report and email on blocked devices.  You would have to block all USB devices in order to get an email when users plug-in a USB device.

SEP 12.1 can report and email on blocked and excluded devices.  So you can report on any USB device without blocking it.

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Mick2009's picture

Excellent article - many thanks!

These KB's may also be of assistance to followers of this thread.

How to obtain a device ID when creating an Application and Device Policy

DevViewer - a tool for finding hardware device ID for Device Blocking in Symantec Endpoint Protection

Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager - Application and Device Control (ADC) - Policies explained

Symantec Endpoint Protection Device Control: excluding devices from blocking show inconsistent results

Smart phones and Application and Device Control in Symantec Endpoint Protection 

With thanks and best regards,


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phamduyus's picture

I am using SEP 11.x I have been config ADC as above but not effected with windows 7 Pro 32 bit, windwow XP is OK

Please help me


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Elisha's picture

Hello phamduyus,

Can you verify that ADC is running and installed on the Windows 7 client?  From a command prompt run "sc query sysplant" and check if the STATE is set to RUNNING.  If the STATE is not set to RUNNING then it means that either ADC is not installed or not running.


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armindoaf's picture

Good afternoon,

I need to block download and upload to usb storage device(pen drive).

Only, I could to block the upload but the download is unblocked yet.

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Brɨan's picture

You should use an application control rule to do this. There is a default one to block writing to USB devices already created in the SEPM.

Please click the "Mark as solution" link at bottom left on the post that best answers your question. This will benefit admins looking for a solution to the same problem.

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Iam a network administrator.we are using symmantec end point protection manager using in my company.

can u tell me How to enable pendrive option in the SEPM console system(Main system).