Configuring Microsoft Defender SmartScreen with Group Policy

1 hour
  • 3 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

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.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Configure the Active Directory Domain Services Environment
Configure Group Policy for SmartScreen
  • Create a Group Policy Object (GPO)
  • Set the Windows Defender SmartScreen policy to Enabled
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

Additional Resources

Lab Prerequisites

You should be familiar with the following to use this hands-on lab:

  • Active Directory Domain Services
  • Group Policy
  • Windows Security

Lab Setup

This lab will require the use of an Active Directory domain, so the first thing that will need to be done will be to configure the domain. Because this environment will be set up on Azure Virtual Machines, there will be a few Azure-specific steps that will need to be taken and will be delineated in the lab objectives.

Lab Files

The lab files needed for configuring the Active Directory Domain Services environment can be accessed via the GitHub repository for this lab.

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