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Configuring Microsoft Defender SmartScreen with Group Policy

You are working on securing your Windows Servers, and as part of the effort, you want to add protections against phishing and malware from websites, applications, and downloaded files. In this hands-on lab, you are going to create a Group Policy for a domain-joined virtual machine. The policy will enforce enabling SmartScreen on any domain-joined machine.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 1h 0m
Clock icon Jan 26, 2023

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Configure the Active Directory Domain Services Environment

  2. Challenge

    Configure Group Policy for SmartScreen

    • Create a Group Policy Object (GPO)
    • Set the Windows Defender SmartScreen policy to Enabled
  3. Challenge

    Confirm SmartScreen Policy Has Been Applied

    • Update the Group Policy on the VM
    • Navigate to the SmartScreen settings in Windows Security
    • Confirm that the settings have been applied by the GPO

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