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Cannot add administrative templates. Not found but the files are there

    Question

  • Hi all I downloaded the new administrative templates pack. Windows 2008 domain controller. But when Go to modify a group policy object and right-click on administrative templates then select add / remove template and then add template and browse to the folder where i extracted the admx files, no admin templates are shown!

    Anand_N

    Thursday, March 15, 2012 6:16 PM

Answers

  • ADMX templates cannot be added this way - only the classic ADM ones. For
    admx/adml, you have to copy them to the default locations - eitzer
    %windir%\policydefinitions or the central store.
     
    sincerely, martin
     

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    Wenn meine Antwort hilfreich war, freue ich mich über eine Bewertung! If my answer was helpful, I'm glad about a rating!
    • Marked as answer by Anand_N Friday, March 16, 2012 3:06 PM
    Thursday, March 15, 2012 8:55 PM
  • Hi,


    In earlier operating systems, all the default Administrative Template files are added to the ADM folder of a Group Policy object (GPO) on a domain controller. The GPOs are stored in the SYSVOL folder. The SYSVOL folder is automatically replicated to other domain controllers in the same domain. A policy file uses approximately 2 megabytes (MB) of hard disk space. Because each domain controller stores a distinct version of a policy, replication traffic is increased.


    Windows Vista uses a Central Store to store Administrative Template files. In Windows Vista, the ADM folder is not created in a GPO as in earlier versions of Windows. Therefore, domain controllers do not store or replicate redundant copies of .adm files.


    To take advantage of the benefits of .admx files, you must create a Central Store in the SYSVOL folder on a domain controller. The Central Store is a file location that is checked by the Group Policy tools. The Group Policy tools use any .admx files that are in the Central Store. The files that are in the Central Store are later replicated to all domain controllers in the domain.


    For details:


    How to create a Central Store for Group Policy Administrative Templates in Window Vista
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929841


    Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and the Group Policy Central Store
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2009/12/09/windows-7-windows-server-2008-r2-and-the-group-policy-central-store.aspx


    Hope this helps!


    Best Regards
    Elytis Cheng

     

     


    Elytis Cheng

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Anand_N Friday, March 16, 2012 3:06 PM
    Friday, March 16, 2012 6:40 AM
  • Hi,


    No, You can also copy the admx and .adml to the %systemroot%PolicyDefinitions folders(if there is no central store exist).


    The Central Store for .admx and .adml files, create a folder that is named PolicyDefinitions in the following location: \\FQDN\SYSVOL\FQDN\policies


    There is a related article for your reference:


    ADMX Technology Review
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749513(v=WS.10).aspx


    Hope this helps!


    Best Regards
    Elytis Cheng


    Elytis Cheng

    TechNet Community Support


    Friday, March 16, 2012 10:03 AM

All replies

  • ADMX templates cannot be added this way - only the classic ADM ones. For
    admx/adml, you have to copy them to the default locations - eitzer
    %windir%\policydefinitions or the central store.
     
    sincerely, martin
     

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    Wenn meine Antwort hilfreich war, freue ich mich über eine Bewertung! If my answer was helpful, I'm glad about a rating!
    • Marked as answer by Anand_N Friday, March 16, 2012 3:06 PM
    Thursday, March 15, 2012 8:55 PM
  • understood. I have many sites with domain controllers in each site. What is recommended central store or %windir%\policydefinitions?

    Anand_N

    Thursday, March 15, 2012 9:00 PM
  • Hi,


    In earlier operating systems, all the default Administrative Template files are added to the ADM folder of a Group Policy object (GPO) on a domain controller. The GPOs are stored in the SYSVOL folder. The SYSVOL folder is automatically replicated to other domain controllers in the same domain. A policy file uses approximately 2 megabytes (MB) of hard disk space. Because each domain controller stores a distinct version of a policy, replication traffic is increased.


    Windows Vista uses a Central Store to store Administrative Template files. In Windows Vista, the ADM folder is not created in a GPO as in earlier versions of Windows. Therefore, domain controllers do not store or replicate redundant copies of .adm files.


    To take advantage of the benefits of .admx files, you must create a Central Store in the SYSVOL folder on a domain controller. The Central Store is a file location that is checked by the Group Policy tools. The Group Policy tools use any .admx files that are in the Central Store. The files that are in the Central Store are later replicated to all domain controllers in the domain.


    For details:


    How to create a Central Store for Group Policy Administrative Templates in Window Vista
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929841


    Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and the Group Policy Central Store
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2009/12/09/windows-7-windows-server-2008-r2-and-the-group-policy-central-store.aspx


    Hope this helps!


    Best Regards
    Elytis Cheng

     

     


    Elytis Cheng

    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Anand_N Friday, March 16, 2012 3:06 PM
    Friday, March 16, 2012 6:40 AM
  • so in other words, I must have a central store in order to replicate admx files to all domain controllers?

    Anand_N

    Friday, March 16, 2012 9:24 AM
  • Hi,


    No, You can also copy the admx and .adml to the %systemroot%PolicyDefinitions folders(if there is no central store exist).


    The Central Store for .admx and .adml files, create a folder that is named PolicyDefinitions in the following location: \\FQDN\SYSVOL\FQDN\policies


    There is a related article for your reference:


    ADMX Technology Review
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749513(v=WS.10).aspx


    Hope this helps!


    Best Regards
    Elytis Cheng


    Elytis Cheng

    TechNet Community Support


    Friday, March 16, 2012 10:03 AM