AppLocker is a new feature available in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that helps to prevent the use of unknown or unwanted applications within a network. Its functionality boasts both security and compliance benefits for a wide array of organizational environments. The desire to block particular applications from running on network computers is not new by any means, but the methods of doing so have continued to evolve over time. In previous cases network administrators may have found this task best served by the use of third party software, however, the advent of AppLocker in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 allows for application execution restriction on a very useful level. AppLocker is the next evolution of Windows Software Restriction Policies.
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