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Requirements for Deploying AppLocker Policies

Updated: June 20, 2012

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2



This deployment topic for the IT professional lists the requirements that you need to consider before you deploy AppLocker policies.

The following requirements must be met or addressed before you deploy your AppLocker policies:

Deployment plan

An AppLocker policy deployment plan is the result of investigating which applications are required and necessary in your organization, which applications are optional, and which applications are forbidden. To develop this plan, see AppLocker Policies Design Guide. The following table is an example of the data you need to collect and the decisions you need to make to successfully deploy AppLocker policies on the supported operating systems (as listed in Requirements to Use AppLocker).

 

Business group Organizational unit Implement AppLocker? Applications Installation path Use default rule or define new rule condition Allow or deny GPO name Support policy

Bank Tellers

Teller-East and Teller-West

Yes

Teller software

C:\Program Files\Woodgrove\Teller.exe

File is signed; create a publisher condition

Allow

Tellers

Web help

Windows files

C:\Windows

Create a path exception to the default rule to exclude \Windows\Temp

Allow

Help Desk

Time Sheet Organizer

C:\Program Files\Woodgrove\HR\Timesheet.exe

File is not signed; create a file hash condition

Allow

Web help

Human Resources

HR-All

Yes

Check Payout

C:\Program Files\Woodgrove\HR\Checkcut.exe

File is signed; create a publisher condition

Allow

HR

Web help

Internet Explorer 7

C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\

File is signed; create a publisher condition

Deny

Help Desk

Windows files

C:\Windows

Use the default rule for the Windows path

Allow

Help Desk

Event processing policy

 

Business group AppLocker event collection location Archival policy Analyzed? Security policy

Bank Tellers

Forwarded to: srvBT093

Standard

None

Standard

Human Resources

Do not forward

60 months

Yes; summary reports monthly to managers

Standard

Policy maintenance policy

 

Business group Rule update policy Application decommission policy Application version policy Application deployment policy

Bank Tellers

Planned: Monthly through business office triage

Emergency: Request through Help Desk

Through business office triage; 30-day notice required

General policy: Keep past versions for 12 months

List policies for each application

Coordinated through business office; 30-day notice required

Human Resources

Planned: Through HR triage

Emergency: Request through Help Desk

Through HR triage; 30-day notice required

General policy: Keep past versions for 60 months

List policies for each application

Coordinated through HR; 30-day notice required

Supported operating systems

AppLocker is supported only on certain operating systems. Some features are not available on all operating systems. For more information, see Requirements to Use AppLocker.

Software Restriction Policies are supported in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, in addition to the versions listed in Requirements to Use AppLocker.

Policy distribution mechanism

You need a way to distribute the AppLocker policies throughout the targeted business groups. AppLocker uses Group Policy management architecture to effectively distribute application control policies. AppLocker policies can also be configured on individual computers by using the Local Security Policy snap-in.

Event collection and analysis system

Event processing is important to understand application usage. You must have a process in place to collect and analyze AppLocker events so that application usage is appropriately restricted and understood. For procedures to monitor AppLocker events, see: