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Article ID: 2784157 - Last Review: December 10, 2012 - Revision: 3.0


When a System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection administrator attempts to export an Antimalware policy it fails with the following error:

The specified settings failed to be exported!


This can occur if the Antimalware policy has one or more of the following five characters within the Name or Description field:



To resolve this issue, rename or remove the symbols from within the properties of the antimalware policies Name or Description field.

If there is a special need to have the symbols with the XML file, it may be possible to replace them using the information in the following Knowledge Base article:

308060 HOW TO: Locate and Replace Special Characters in an XML File with Visual Basic .NET (

This issue is scheduled to be addressed in Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection.

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Applies to
  • Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection
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