Use the AppLocker Windows PowerShell cmdlets

This article for IT professionals describes how each AppLocker Windows PowerShell cmdlet can help you administer your AppLocker application control policies.

AppLocker Windows PowerShell cmdlets

The five AppLocker cmdlets are designed to streamline the administration of an AppLocker policy. They can be used to help create, test, maintain, and troubleshoot an AppLocker policy. The cmdlets are intended to be used along with the AppLocker user interface that is accessed through the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in extension to the Local Security Policy snap-in and Group Policy Management Console.

To edit or update a Group Policy Object (GPO) by using the AppLocker cmdlets, you must have Edit Setting permission. By default, members of the Domain Admins group, the Enterprise Admins group, and the Group Policy Creator Owners group have this permission. To perform tasks by using the Local Security policy snap-in, you must be a member of the local Administrators group, or equivalent, on the computer.

Retrieve application information

The Get-AppLockerFileInformation cmdlet retrieves the AppLocker file information from a list of files or from an event log. File information that is retrieved can include publisher information, file hash information, and file path information.

File information from an event log might not contain all of these fields. Files that aren't signed don't have any publisher information.

Set AppLocker policy

The Set-AppLockerPolicy cmdlet sets the specified GPO to contain the specified AppLocker policy. If no Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) is specified, the local GPO is the default.

Retrieve an AppLocker policy

The Get-AppLockerPolicy cmdlet gets the AppLocker policy from the local GPO, from a specified GPO, or from the effective AppLocker policy on the device. The output of the AppLocker policy is an AppLockerPolicy object or an XML-formatted string.

Generate rules for a given user or group

The New-AppLockerPolicy cmdlet uses a list of file information to automatically generate rules for a given user or group. It can generate rules based on publisher, hash, or path information. Use Get-AppLockerFileInformation to create the list of file information.

Test the AppLocker Policy against a file set

The Test-AppLockerPolicy cmdlet uses the specified AppLocker policy to test whether a specified list of files are allowed to run or not on the local device for a specific user.

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