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Verify that Application Control is enabled

For an overview of Application Control, see Lock down software with Application Control. For initial configuration instructions, see Set up Application Control.

When Application Control is enabled and has finished its initial software inventory scan:

  • The State field indicates On or On, Blocking unrecognized software.
  • On Computers, the Status field changes from Application Control Ruleset Build In Progress to Managed (Online).
  • Events & Reports > Events > System Events records Application Control Ruleset Build Started and Application Control Ruleset Build Completed. If you do not see any logs, refer to Choose which Application Control events to log.

Computer details page with Application Control on

To verify that Application Control is working:

  1. Copy an executable to the computer or add execute permissions to a plain text file. Try to run the executable.

    Depending on your enforcement setting for unrecognized software, it should be either blocked or allowed. Once Application Control has built initial allow rules or downloaded a shared ruleset, if any change is detected, it should appear in the Actions tab, which you can use to create allow and block rules (see Monitor new and changed software). Depending on your alert configuration, you will also see an alert if unrecognized software is detected, or if Application Control blocks software from launching (see Monitor Application Control events). The event should persist until the software change no longer exists, or until the oldest data has been removed from the database.

  2. Add an allow or block rule for your test software and then try again. This time, Application Control should apply your allow or block rule.

    If software is accidentally blocked because you have selected Block unrecognized software until it is explicitly allowed and the software is not being recognized, the Reason column in Application Control event logs can help you to troubleshoot the cause.