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I can't seem to find an official and up-to-date documentation on how to set up file and process exclusions in Forefront Endpoint Protection 2012.

For file types, which of these will work? Are they the same?

  • ext
  • .ext
  • *.ext

What about wildcards?

  • .e?t
  • .e*
  • .*t

For file paths, which wildcards are allowed and how do they work?

  • C:\path*
  • C:\path\s*e
  • C:\path\somef?le
  • C:\*\somefile
  • C:\pa*\somefile
  • C:\pa?h\somefile
  • *\path
  • *:\path

For processes, can wildcard be used when specifying the file name? Same syntax as file paths?

Also: I read in this post that, as of October 2009, Real Time Protection ignored wildcards; is this still true for the 2012 version?

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Yes they're allowed and supported (but not your last 2 examples, can't use it for a drive letter, see link updated in 2014: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2962341

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