The command-line utility ExportConfig.exe enables you to retrieve policies from the Console and save them as XML configuration files. These XML configuration files can be used to centrally configure unmanaged computers, or to implement features not available from the console.
This article explains how to use the utility to extract/export the existing console policies and then advises what you must do to re-apply the exported policies to a distribution point (CID) so the endpoint computers can implement the new configuration.
Note: The user account you run the ExportConfig.exe utility as must be a member of the Sophos Console Administrators Windows security group. Check that you are a member of this group before attempting the instructions below.
Known to apply to the following Sophos product(s) and version(s)
Enterprise Console 4.5.0
Enterprise Console 4.7.0
Sophos Enterprise Manager 4.7.0
Enterprise Console 5.0.0
What to do
Locate the utility
- Open a command prompt (Start | Run | Type:
cmd.exe | Press return).
- Change directory (cd) to the folder containing the utility:
- Enterprise Console 4.x and above: C:\Program Files\Sophos\Enterprise Console\
- Enterprise Manager 4.x: C:\Program Files\Sophos\Enterprise Manager\
Note: On a 64-bit system change 'Programs Files' folder to 'Program Files (x86)'.
Review the usage options
To show the usage options type:
The usage options shown are:
ExportConfig.exe -type <AU, SAV, SCF, SAC, DATC, DEVC, TP or LEGAU> [-policy <policy>] [-output <filePath>] [-backwardsCompatable]
Where policy is the name of the policy or not specified for Default.
-backwardsCompatable : Use a format backwards compatable with SAV 5
Types of policy you can export
The table below lists each policy type and its short name which can be used after the
| Policy Type || Short name |
|Updating ||au |
|Anti-Virus ||sav |
|Firewall1 ||scf |
|Application Control2 ||sac |
|Data Control ||datc |
|Device Control ||devc |
|Tamper Protection3 ||tp |
|Legacy updating ||legau |
|Patch4 ||n/a |
|Web control4 ||n/a |
1Can only be exported this way in Enterprise Console 4 and later, or in Enterprise Manager.
2Not available in Enterprise Manager.
3Only available in endpoint software 9 or later and Enterprise Console 4.5 or later or Enterprise Manager.
4It is not possible to export these policy types.
Naming of the output files
The naming of the output file is important. The table below shows what each policy's output file must be called.
Note: The output file names are case sensitive.
| Policy Type || Output file name |
|Updating ||sauconf.xml |
|Anti-Virus ||savconf.xml |
|Firewall ||SCFCidConfig.conf |
|Application Control ||savconfappc.xml |
|Data Control ||savconfdatac.xml |
|Device Control ||savconfdevc.xml |
|Tamper Protection ||savconftp.xml |
|Legacy updating ||updating.xml |
Example usage options
The table below show some examples of common usage.
|I want to... ||Command ||Comments |
|Export the 'Default' updating policy || |
exportconfig.exe -type au -output C:\sauconf.xml
|Exports the 'Default' (i.e., reserved) updating policy, which is always included in the console, to the root of the C:\ drive into a file called sauconf.xml |
|Export the 'Default' Anti-Virus policy || |
exportconfig.exe -type sav -output C:\savconf.xml
|Exports the 'Default' (i.e., reserved) Anti-Virus policy, which is always included in the console, to the root of the C:\ drive into a file called savconf.xml |
|Export an Anti-Virus policy called 'my av policy' (i.e., the policy name has spaces in it) || |
exportconfig.exe -type sav -policy "my av policy" -output C:\savconf.xml
|Exports an anti-virus policy called 'my av policy' to the root of the C:\ drive into a file called savconf.xml |
|Export a data control policy called 'HRDataControlPolicy' (i.e., the policy name has upper and lowercase characters. || |
exportconfig.exe -type datc -policy HRDataControlPolicy -output C:\savconfdatac.xml
|Exports a data control policy called HRDataControlPolicy (i.e., case sensitive policy name) to the root of the C:\ drive into a file called savconfdatac.xml |
If the policy is successfully exported you will seen the following shown on screen:
Policy successfully exported.
| Error seen... || Cause |
Policy named "Default" does not exist in database.
|You have attempted to specify the the reserved 'Default' policy after the |
-policy parameter. If you need to export the Default policy remove the
-policy Default section of your command. See the Example usage options section above.
Policy named "mypolicy" does not exist in database.
|You have specified a policy name that is incorrect. Check that the name entered is typed correctly and, as policy names are case sensitive make sure the names matches exactly what you see in the console (e.g., mypolicy is not the same as myPolicy). If there a space in the policy name (e.g., 'my policy') make sure you enclose the name in double quotes (e.g., "my policy") in the command. |
You will also see this error message if you have a space at the end of the policy name (i.e., 'myPolicy ' - space after the name). You can still enclose the name in double quotes so the end space is included. Check your policy names carefully and re-type them in the console without spaces to simplify the command.
Error: Invalid command line at:
|The 'at:...' is followed by the part of the command that is incorrect. Check the command at that section. If the error mentions a single quote mark (') make sure you have not enclosed your policy name with single quote marks - you must use double quote marks. |
Error: Type must be AU, SAV, SCF, SAV, DEVC, DATC or LEGAU.
|The type parameter is incorrect. Note: Though the AutoUpdate policy is shorten to 'AU' the Anti-Virus policy is not 'AV' but 'SAV'. Check the type parameter you entered against the Types of policy table above. |
Force endpoint computers to use the new configuration files
In order for an endpoint computer to copy down and implement the configuration in the exported policy you must:
- Copy the exported policy to the correct distribution point sub-folder.
- Update the distribution point's catalog files with a special utility.
Move policy export to the correct folder
You must copy the output configuration file to the correct sub-folder in the distribution point. Use the table below to see which policy file needs to be copy to which folder.
Note: The main (parent) folder of the sub-folders is:
| Output file name ||Folder |
|Windows XP+ ||Windows NT ||Windows 9x |
|sauconf.xml ||SAVSCFXP\sau\ ||ESNT\sau\ ||ES9X\sau\ |
|savconf.xml ||SAVSCFXP\savxp\ |
|ESNT\sav\ ||ES9X\SAV9x\ |
|SCFCidConfig.conf ||SAVSCFXP\scf\ |
|n/a ||n/a |
|savconfappc.xml ||SAVSCFXP\savxp\ |
|n/a ||n/a |
|savconfdatac.xml ||SAVSCFXP\savxp\ |
|n/a ||n/a |
|savconfdevc.xml ||SAVSCFXP\savxp\ |
|n/a ||n/a |
|savconftp.xml ||SAVSCFXP\savxp\ ||n/a ||n/a |
|updating/xml ||SAVSCFXP\sau\ ||ESNT\sau\ ||ES9X\sau\ |
Use ConfigCID.exe to update the distribution point
The special utility called ConfigCID.exe has been made available so that a distribution point (or CID - Central Installation Directory) can be programmed to recognize new configuration files. For more information in using ConfigCID.exe see article 13112.