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folder exclusion with or without "\"

Created: 11 Oct 2012 • Updated: 11 Oct 2012 | 4 comments
S_K's picture
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I saw similar discussions on the forum but didn't find the exact answer, still a little bit confused.

If I want to exclude a folder and all files and subfolders inside with the Centralized Exceptions policy, do I need to use backslash at the end or no (also the option Include subfolders is selected):


C:\Program Files\Folder1


C:\Program Files\Folder1\

Which of these will work, or both of them?


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Ashish-Sharma's picture


You can use

C:\Program Files\Folder1

Creating Centralized Exceptions Policies in the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager 12.1

Thanks In Advance

Ashish Sharma

.Brian's picture

Both will work but best practice would be to do:

C:\Program Files\Folder

But I have seen both work

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Mithun Sanghavi's picture


I agree above, I would suggest you to use 

C:\Program Files\Folder1

To understand, I would suggest you to check the Glossary of File/Folder Prefix Variables provided in the Article below:

Creating Centralized Exceptions Policies in the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager 12.1

The Description in the Above Article shows all the paths as - 

C:\Program Files\Common Files

C:\Windows\System32 or C:\WINNT\System32

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs

which clearly explains the path to be used without "\" at the end.

Hope that helps!!

Mithun Sanghavi
Senior Consultant

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