Directory Name is Invalid


Software deployment has failed. The error message that you see is, ' The directory name is invalid '.


You cannot access the root folder because the root path that you have specified is not a valid directory.

Note: If you have included the name of the executable file, remove it.


You are required to specify a valid working directory. The working directory you specify to deploy software should not contain the executable file path. It should should limit to the folder containing the executable.

You can verify the root path or working directory from the following location:
Software Deployment --> Add Package --> Advanced Options --> Installer/Uninstaller Settings (enable) --> EXE/MSI Root Path


Following are examples for names for a valid working directory:

  • \\server-name\software-folder - correct
  • \\server-name\software-folder\filename.exe - incorrect
  • \\server-name\software-folder\filename.msi - incorrect

If problem persists, contact support with the following details:

  • Log files from the Endpoint Central Server
  • Log files from the Endpoint Central agent. These should be related to the system in which the installation has failed
  • The software package that you were trying to install

Applies to: Software Deployment

Keywords: Root Path Error, Software Deployment Failure, Invalid Directory

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