Creating Your AppLocker Policies
Updated: May 23, 2012
Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012
This overview topic describes the steps to create an AppLocker policy and prepare it for deployment.
Creating effective application control policies with AppLocker starts by creating the rules for each application. Rules are grouped into one of five rule collections. The rule collection then can be configured to be enforced or to run in an audit-only mode. An AppLocker policy includes the rules in the five rule collections and the enforcement settings for each rule collection.
You can develop an application control policy plan to guide you in making successful deployment decisions. For more information about how to do this and what you should consider, see the AppLocker Policies Design Guide. The guide is intended for security architects, security administrators, and system administrators. It contains the following topics to help you create an AppLocker policy deployment plan for your organization that will address your specific application control requirements by department, organizational unit, or business group:
Understanding the AppLocker Policy Deployment Process
Understanding AppLocker Policy Design Decisions
Determining Your Application Control Objectives
Creating the List of Applications Deployed to Each Business Group
Selecting the Types of Rules to Create
Determining Group Policy Structure and Rule Enforcement
Planning for AppLocker Policy Management
Creating Your AppLocker Planning Document
Each rule applies to one or more applications and imposes a specific rule condition upon them. Rules can be created individually or can be generated by the Automatically Generate Rules wizard. For steps to create the rules, see Creating Your AppLocker Rules.
An AppLocker policy is a set of rule collections that are configured with a rule enforcement setting. The enforcement setting can be Enforce rules, Audit only, or Not configured. If an AppLocker policy has at least one rule and is set to Not configured, all the rules in that policy will be enforced. For information about configuring this setting, see:
AppLocker policies can be defined locally on a computer or applied through Group Policy. To use Group Policy to apply AppLocker policies, you must either create a new Group Policy Object (GPO) or you must update an existing GPO. You can create or modify AppLocker policies using the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) or you can import an AppLocker policy into a GPO. For the procedure to do this, see:
Either in a test environment, or with the enforcement setting set at Audit only, verify that the results of the policy are what you intended. For information about testing a policy, see Testing and Updating an AppLocker Policy.
Depending upon your deployment method, either import the AppLocker policy to the GPO in your production environment or, if the policy is already deployed, change the enforcement setting to your production environment value, either Enforce rules or Audit only.
ConceptsAppLocker Policies Deployment Guide