Managing AppLocker in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8/8.1 (Part 1)

by Deb Shinder
Sept. 1, 2017 0 comments TechGenix Apps & Hardening powershell windows server security

AppLocker is a powerful but often overlooked tool for increasing security by restricting user access to applications and other executable files, scripts, Windows Installer files and Dynamic Link Libraries (DLLs). AppLocker was first introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7; it’s an outgrowth of the old Software Restriction Policies that was included in Windows Server 2003/2008 and Windows XP and Vista. AppLocker is similar to a superset of SRP, with expanded capabilities. In this multi-part article, we’ll discuss the evolution and features of AppLocker in Windows Server 2012 and how to deploy and manage policies, including the use of PowerShell, which is fast becoming the management tool of choice for many Windows administrators.