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SQL Exclusions in SEP 12.1 R3

Created: 01 Jul 2013 • Updated: 01 Jul 2013 | 5 comments
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During client installation, does SEP automatically determine that Microsoft SQL Server 2008 / 2012 is installed and exlucde .mdf, .ldf, and other SQL specific files that are reccomended to be excluded from scans?

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ᗺrian's picture

No auto exclusions are added for MS SQL by SEP. You will need to add them manually.

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Mithun Sanghavi's picture


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Symantec Endpoint Protection cannot scan the proprietary database files of MS SQL 2000, MS SQL 2005 or MS SQL 2008. To enhance performance and avoid any chance of corruption or files being locked when the SQL service must use them, administrators are recommended to create exclusions to prevent scanning of the directories containing these database files.

Microsoft's article has recommendations for exclusions for SQL (see the section entitled, "Directories and file-name extensions to exclude from virus scanning"):

How to choose antivirus software to run on computers that are running SQL Server

Excluding Microsoft SQL Server files and folders using Centralized Exceptions

Hope that helps!!

Mithun Sanghavi
Associate Security Architect


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techyranger's picture

I will manually add the exclusions.  Thank you for the fast response!