AppLocker Overview

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

This topic lists AppLocker documentation resources for the IT professional that include product evaluation, getting started guides, procedures, design and deployment guides, technical references, and command references.

You can use AppLocker as part of your overall security strategy for the following scenarios:

  • Help prevent malicious software (malware) and unsupported applications from affecting computers in your environment.

  • Prevent users from installing and using unauthorized applications.

  • Implement application control policy to satisfy portions of your security policy or compliance requirements in your organization.

You can access all the documentation about AppLocker through the AppLocker Overview in the Windows Server Technical Library.

What’s New

To see the changes in functionality in AppLocker, see AppLocker Overview.


Plan and deploy

  • AppLocker Step-by-Step Guide

    This guide for the IT professional provides step-by-step procedures for using AppLocker and PowerShell commands to restrict the use of applications in a test environment.

  • AppLocker Policies Design Guide

    This guide introduces the design and planning steps required to deploy application control policies by using AppLocker.

  • AppLocker Policies Deployment Guide

    This guide provides steps based on your design and planning investigation for deploying application control policies by using AppLocker. It is intended for security architects, security administrators, and system administrators.

  • AppLocker Technical Reference

    This technical reference describes AppLocker, how it works, security considerations, tools, and settings. It also contains links to the AppLocker cmdlets in the Windows PowerShell command reference. Information about specific security issues you need to consider when planning for an AppLocker deployment or administering AppLocker is contained in the Security Considerations for AppLocker topic of this technical reference.

  • Packaged apps and Packaged app installer rules in AppLocker

    This topic explains the AppLocker rule collection for packaged apps and packaged app installers introduced in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.