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Barracuda Content Shield

Exemption Policies

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Use this page to create exemptions for certain web traffic, destination servers, or processes from filtering by the BCS agent with your BCS Plus subscription.

Exempt All Microsoft Application Traffic

Enable this feature if you want to exempt all Microsoft application traffic such as Office 365, Skype, or Teams, from filtering by the BCS agent.

Define All Process Exemptions

To exempt one or more processes from scanning or filtering on the endpoint machine, enter executable names or the full path of a process in the PROCESS EXEMPTIONS text box. When specifying the path of an executable/process, make sure to use the drive letter/path or process/application name.

Example 1.

These entries exempt explorer.exe and c:\Desktop\Excel.exe from scanning on the endpoint:


Example 2.

Say you created a block domain rule for on the Advanced Filtering page. When the user accesses in their browser on the endpoint, it will be blocked. When the user tries to log into the Skype app, that will also be blocked since it sends requests to – or related URLs – which are blocked because of the Advanced Filtering policy.

If you want to allow the user to log into Skype using the app, but not via the browser, use the Process Exclusion feature to exempt skypehost.exe from the block policy. can still be blocked on the browser, but logging into the Skype app would be successful.


To edit or remove an exclusion you created, click on the process to select it and delete it. 

Exempt Destination Network Servers

In the Network Exemptions text box, enter each IP address or hostname to certain destination servers (such as a VPN) you want to bypass filtering by the BCS agent. For example, exempt applications like Cisco Anyconnect. Use CIDR notation – for example, represents an IP address of with a subnet mask of

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