Creating a File Scanning Template

You can create a template to identify new file authorization changes to make when new software is installed.

You can scan for files by creating a template with the following rules:

  • Scan all executables matching the pattern *.exe or *.dll in the %SYSTEMROOT% directory and subdirectories.
  • Scan all files matching the pattern *.exe or *.dll in the %PROGRAMFILES% directory and subdirectories.
  1. From the Management Console, select View > Modules > Scan Explorer > Perform New Scan > Create New Template.
    The Create New Template dialog opens.
  2. In the New Template name: field, enter the name for the new template.
  3. Click Add.
    The New Rule dialog opens.
  4. In the Scan files matching the pattern (use * wildcard for all files) field, enter the name patterns to use for scanning.
  5. Caution: When you specify wildcard masks, for example: *.com, you can miss scanning for files that do not use standard file extensions such as: *.exe, or *.dll, and so forth. The result is that these types of files will not be authorized, which means that these applications will not work or work properly.

  6. In the In directory field, enter the path name for the directory you want to scan.
  7. Select one or more of the following options:
  8. Option Description
    Include subdirectories Scan subdirectories of the root directory.
    Scan executables Scan for executable files and ignore all other file types. The scan also searches for 16-bit executables.

    If you do not select the Scan Executables option, you must specify the *.exe and *.sys for the matching pattern to scan for these types of files.

  9. Click OK.
    The New rule dialog closes and the rules you define appear on the Rules box.
  10. Click Save.
    The Perform New Scan dialog lists the new template in the From Template drop-down list.