Microsoft Windows 7 and AppLocker Reduce IT Expense

April 22, 2009

A large Microsoft business client recently consulted with Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans with an interesting problem.  Employees using company PCs were installing and running unauthorized software, caused their computers to became far less manageable and secure. The PCs also run sluggishly, which reduces user productivity and generates more calls for IT support. And, most important, running this software is a violation of compliance rules.

Windows 7 has a wonderful new feature to address this problem – AppLocker.  With AppLocker in Windows 7, administrators have the ability to specify exactly which applications and scripts users can run. Administrators can grant users the right to install specific applications and limit their ability to install others. This enables IT to build and sustain more standardized, homogeneous desktop environment and reduce IT service expense.

AppLocker includes a number of rules called Publisher Rules. Publisher Rules grant access to an application based on its digital signature, making it possible for a single rule to allow multiple versions of an application to run (even future versions that have not yet been released). AppLocker’s Publisher Rules improve productivity by allowing IT departments to deploy new versions of an application without having to update the rules.

Stay tuned to our blog as Onsite Computer continues to reviews the new Windows 7 features and benefits.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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