Would you like to learn how to configure a group policy to enable the virtualization-based protection of code integrity? In this tutorial, we will show you how to enable HVCI on Windows using a GPO.

• Windows 2012 R2
• Windows 2016
• Windows 2019
• Windows 10
• Windows 7

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The following section presents the list of equipment used to create this tutorial.

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Tutorial GPO - Enabling the virtualization-based protection of code integrity

On the domain controller, open the group policy management tool.

Windows 2012 - Group Policy Management

Create a new group policy.

Windows 2012 - Group Policy Objects

Enter a name for the new group policy.

Windows - Add GPO

In our example, the new GPO was named: MY-GPO.

On the Group Policy Management screen, expand the folder named Group Policy Objects.

Right-click your new Group Policy Object and select the Edit option.

Windows - Edit GPO

On the group policy editor screen, expand the Computer configuration folder and locate the following item.

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Access the folder named Device Guard.

GPO - Enable Device Guard

Enable the option named Turn on virtualization based security.

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Click on the OK button.

GPO - Virtualization based protection of code integrity

To save the group policy configuration, you need to close the Group Policy editor.

Congratulations! You have finished the GPO creation.

Tutorial GPO - Applying the GPO to enable HVCI

On the Group policy management screen, you need to right-click the Organizational Unit desired and select the option to link an existent GPO.

GPO - Link to OU

In our example, we are going to link the group policy named MY-GPO to an organization unit named TEST.

GPO- tutorial linking

After applying the GPO you need to wait for 10 or 20 minutes.

During this time the GPO will be replicated to other domain controllers.

In our example, we enabled the virtualization-based protection of code integrity on all computers inside the OU named TEST using a GPO.