Wildcards

The supported wildcards include:

Wildcards Description

*

Any number of any characters. For example:

Accounting*

  • For search operations, the above wildcard pattern returns search results for any messages or items that match the pattern "Accounting" followed by any number of any characters, found in any of the following fields (where applicable): Subject, From, To, Cc, Bcc, Content, or Attachment; (for example, Accounting Meeting Minutes, Accounting Manager, Accounting Records, and so on).
  • For filtering operations, the above wildcard pattern filters any mailbox folder name that begins with "Accounting" followed by any number of any characters (for example, Accounting Mailbox, Accounting Folder, and so on). For more filtering examples using this wildcard character, see the note at the bottom of this page.
  • For auto-discovery operations, the above wildcard pattern auto-discovers any mailbox display name that begins with "Accounting" followed by any number of any characters (for example, Accounting Mailbox, Accounting Manager, and so on).

?

Any one character. For example:

user_group?

  • For search operations, the above wildcard pattern returns search results for any messages or items that match the pattern beginning with "user_group" followed by any one character, found in any of the following fields (where applicable): Subject, From, To, Cc, Bcc, Content, or Attachment; (for example, user_groupA, user_group1, and so on).
  • For filtering operations, the above wildcard pattern filters any mailbox folder name that begins with "user_group" followed by any one character (for example, user_groupA, user_group1, and so on).
  • For auto-discovery operations, the above wildcard pattern auto-discovers any mailbox display name that begins with "user_group" followed by any one character (for example, user_groupA, user_group1, and so on).

[ ]

Any range of characters. For example:

[JT]im

  • For filtering operations, the above wildcard pattern excludes from data protection operations any mailbox folder name that begins with "J" or "T" and ends with "im" (for example, Jim, Tim).
  • For auto-discovery operations, the above wildcard pattern auto-discovers any mailbox display name that begins with "J" or "T" and ends with "im" (for example, Jim, Tim).

[a-k]Lee

  • For filtering operations, the above wildcard pattern excludes from data protection operations any mailbox folder name that begins with any character in the range of "a" through "k" inclusive and that ends with "Lee" (for example, aLee, bLee, and so on).
  • For auto-discovery operations, the above wildcard pattern auto-discovers any mailbox display name that begins with any character in the range of "a" through "k" inclusive and that ends with "Lee" (for example, aLee, bLee, and so on).

This wildcard cannot be used for search operations.

[! ]

The negation of a range of characters. For example:

[!ei]nsure

  • For filtering operations, the above wildcard pattern excludes from data protection operations any mailbox folder name that ends with "nsure" but does not begin with "e" or "i" (for example, unsure).
  • For auto-discovery operations, the above wildcard pattern auto-discovers any mailbox display name that ends with "nsure" but does not begin with "e" or "i" (for example, unsure).

[!a-k]Lee

  • For filtering operations, the above wildcard pattern excludes from data protection operations any mailbox folder name that does not begin with "a" through "k" and that ends with "Lee" (for example, xLee, yLee, and so on).
  • For auto-discovery operations, the above wildcard pattern auto-discovers any mailbox display name that does not begin with "a" through "k" and that ends with "Lee" (for example, xLee, yLee, and so on).

This wildcard cannot be used for search operations.

You can also use a combination of wildcards in a single expression, if the wildcards are supported for the type of operation you are performing. For example, if you wanted to auto-discover all mailbox display names beginning with any characters in the range of "A" through "K" inclusive followed by any number of any characters, you would enter the following wildcard combination:

[A-K]*

The path entered for the subclient filter is based on what level is being filtered out. The examples provided below illustrate this point:

Wildcard Combination Description
Sent* To filter out any file or folder beginning with the word “Sent”.
Sent Items\test* To filter out a subfolder named "test", specify the full path including the leader "\".
*\test* To filter out any path that ends in a folder name, use the full path including the leader "\" and the asterisk "*" wildcard for the first level.
*:\**\My_Filter*\** To filter all directories that begin with a particular word on all drives (for example, My_Filter), use the global filter.

If you know the drive letter to filter, use the subclient filter as follows:

C:\**\My_Filter*\**

C:\* To filter all files located on root of C drive.
*:\**\temp\** To filter every directory named "temp" on all drives, use the global filter.

Or use the subclient filter:

C:\**\temp\**

C:\** or C:\ To filter all the directories located on C drive.
*:\**\RECYCLER\** To filter every "recycler" directory on all drives, use the global filter.

Or use the subclient filter:

C:\**\RECYCLER\**

Note: Do not use "temp*" when all you want to filter is temp, as it will get "template" and other directories with word "temp".