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Deploy the AppLocker Policy into Production

Updated: May 23, 2012

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



This topic for the IT professional describes the tasks that should be completed before you deploy AppLocker application control settings.

After successfully testing and modifying the AppLocker policy for each Group Policy Object (GPO), you are ready to deploy the enforcement settings into production. For most organizations, this means switching the AppLocker enforcement setting from Audit only to Enforce rules. However, it is important to follow the deployment plan that you created earlier. For more information, see the AppLocker Policies Design Guide. Depending on the needs of different business groups in your organization, you might deploy different enforcement settings for linked GPOs.

Before you deploy an AppLocker policy, you should determine:

For information about how AppLocker deployment is dependent on design decisions, see Understand AppLocker Policy Design Decisions.

If you have configured a reference computer, you can create and update your AppLocker policies on this computer, test the policies, and then export the policies to the appropriate GPO for distribution. Another method is to create the policies and set the enforcement setting on Audit only, then observe the events that are generated.

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