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exclude unc paths in sophos enterprise 5.2.1 R2

Posted on 2014-03-26
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i need to be able to exclude \\server\data and other unc paths from real time scan in sophos
the only options i have are
drive
file
folder
it will not allow me ato add a unc path

how can i add a unc path so it is not scanned
i need this for clients and servers
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Question by:dougdog
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by:kevinhsieh
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Why is Sophos scanning network drives to begin with? Normally you would only scan local drives. Whatever is serving your network shares should do its own scanning.
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Referencing the kb, the closest I can find is the "Exclude remote files" but it does not have granularity to state specific UNC path...looking at some old guide (pdf), below is a sample extract on the exception

12 Excluding items from scanning

Exclude items from scanning as follows:
¦ Use extensions to exclude specific file types from scanning.
¦ Use exclusions to exclude specific items, such as files or drives, from scanning. You can create drive-level exclusions (X:), directory-level exclusions (X:\Program Files\Exchsrvr\), or file-level exclusions (X:\Program Files\SomeApp\SomeApp.exe).
¦ Consider excluding media drives from on-access scanning for specific users who use them a considerable amount of time. Media drives read and write temporary files, and each file is intercepted and scanned each time it is used, making scanning slower.
¦ Use the Exclude remote files option when you do not want remotely located files (on network resources) to be scanned. We recommend that all computers scan remote files when accessing them; however, you may want to select this option on file servers or in specific cases where large or constantly changing files are accessed remotely.

Caution: Be aware that excluding items from scanning increases security risk.
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by:dougdog
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Usually a client will scan every file it accesses
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by:dougdog
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Yes the exclude seems to be the only way.
Although this would mean excluding files I would want scanned
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by:btan
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Yap but good to open a case if you have it supported to confirm, there may be tweak that natively we do not see from GUI but better for the provider to advise.
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