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Device Guard and Credential Guard hardware readiness tool

Windows 10 Device Guard and Credential Guard got a LOT of focus at IT/Dev Connections 2016 this year. Those that attended will get access to the session replays in about a week.

Device Guard is a group of key features, designed to harden a computer system against malware. Its focus is preventing malicious code from running by ensuring only known good code can run.

Credential Guard is a specific feature that is not part of Device Guard that aims to isolate and harden key system and user secrets against compromise, helping to minimize the impact and breadth of a Pass the Hash style attack in the event that malicious code is already running via a local or network based vector.

Read all about these new technologies here: Windows 10 Device Guard and Credential Guard Demystified

Microsoft has now released a readiness tool, designed to check to see if the hardware is ready to support these emerging technologies. The tool can be downloaded from here: Device Guard and Credential Guard hardware readiness tool

The tool does a few things more than just provide certification. It…

  1. Checks if the device can run Device Guard or Credential Guard
  2. Checks if the device is compatible with the Hardware Lab Kit tests that are ran by partners
  3. Enables and disables Device Guard or Credential Guard
  4. Checks the status of Device Guard or Credential Guard on the device
  5. Integrates with System Center Configuration Manager or any other deployment mechanism to configure registry settings that reflect the device capabilities
  6. Uses an embedded ConfigCI policy in audit mode that can be used by default to enable Device Guard when a custom policy is not provided

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