AppLocker allows you to automatically generate rules for all of the files within a folder. It will scan the specified folder and create the condition types that you choose for each file in that folder.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

To automatically generate rules
  1. Click Start, type secpol.msc in the Search programs and files box, and then press ENTER. You can also:

    1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

    2. Click System and Security, and then click Administrative Tools.

    3. Double-click Local Security Policy.

  2. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Yes.

  3. In the console tree, double-click Application Control Policies, and then double-click AppLocker.

  4. Right-click the appropriate rule collection for which you want to automatically generate rules. You can automatically generate rules for executable, Windows Installer, and script rules.

  5. Click Automatically Generate Rules.

  6. On the Folder and Permissions page, click Browse to choose the folder to be analyzed. By default, this is the Program Files folder.

  7. Click Select to choose the security group in which the default rules should be applied. By default, this is the Everyone group.

  8. The wizard provides a name in the Name to identify this set of rules box based on the name of the folder that you have selected. Accept the provided name or type a different name, and then click Next.

  9. On the Rule Preferences page, choose the conditions that you want the wizard to use while creating rules, and then click Next. For more information about rule conditions, see Understanding AppLocker Rules.

    • The Reduce the number of rules created by grouping similar files check box is selected by default. This helps you organize AppLocker rules and reduce the number of rules that you create by performing the following operations for the rule condition that you select:
      • One publisher condition is created for all files that have the same publisher and product name.

      • One path condition is created for the folder that you select. For example, if you select C:\Program Files\ProgramName\ and the files in that folder are not signed, the wizard creates a rule for %programfiles%\ProgramName\*.

      • One file hash condition is created that contains all of the file hashes. When rule grouping is disabled, the wizard creates a file hash rule for each file.

  10. Review the files that were analyzed and the rules that will be automatically created. To make changes, click Previous to return to the page where you can change your selections. After reviewing the rules, click Create.

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