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Recommended exclusions for Endpoint Security/VirusScan Enterprise on Microsoft SQL Servers
Technical Articles ID:   KB67211
Last Modified:  7/19/2018
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Environment

McAfee Endpoint Security (ENS) Threat Prevention 10.x
McAfee VirusScan Enterprise (VSE) 8.x

Microsoft Windows SQL Server 2012
Microsoft Windows SQL Server 2008

Summary

List of exclusions needed for Microsoft SQL Server
To ensure compatibility with Microsoft SQL Server, exclude the locations recommended by Microsoft for File Level scanners in the On-Access Scanner for ENS/VSE. For the most accurate list of file exclusions, refer to the following Microsoft Technet article: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/953.microsoft-anti-virus-exclusion-list.aspx. Within the Technet article, go to the "SQL" section and click the article link for the version of Microsoft SQL Server in use in your environment.

How to configure exclusions in ENS/VSE:
When configuring exclusions, always apply the principle that the more precise the exclusion, the smaller the potential security risk. For instructions to configure exclusions, refer to the following documentation:
  • ENS:
    • "Configuring exclusions" section of the Endpoint Security 10.5 Product Guide (PD26799)
    • KB88595 - Understanding ENS scan profiles and how to exclude an application executable from On-Access Scanning
  • VSE:
    • KB66909 - Consolidated list of ENS/VSE exclusion articles
    • KB55898 - Understanding VSE Exclusions
    • KB67544 - How to create low-risk and high-risk process exclusions for VSE 8.x in ePolicy Orchestrator
    • KB50998 - How to manage file and folder exclusions in VSE 8.x using wildcards
    • KB61000 - VSE exclusions and hardware paths (physical address versus logical address)

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