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GPO Central store question

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  • Hi there,

    We are about to create a new central store for administrative templates which will contain admx files Windows 10 only (we have never had one before) but have used templates for Windows 7 in existing policies in the past.

    What (if anything) will happen to the admx files that we already have in place which have been used in a policy.

    Also, can we create sub folders in the policydefinitions folder i.e. create a fodler called Windows 10 or do all the admx files need to be at the root of policy definitions?

    Friday, November 04, 2016 2:35 PM

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  • We are about to create a new central store for administrative templates which will contain admx files Windows 10 only (we have never had one before) but have used templates for Windows 7 in existing policies in the past.

    1) What (if anything) will happen to the admx files that we already have in place which have been used in a policy.

    2) Also, can we create sub folders in the policydefinitions folder i.e. create a fodler called Windows 10 or do all the admx files need to be at the root of policy definitions?

    1) nothing happens to existing c:\windows\policydefinitions\ADMX/ADML files, they are left as they are, they are simply ignored once CS is implemented. [Changing from local template store to central template store, or, changing the ADMX/ADML files, does not affect any existing GPOs. It only changes the formatting of RSoP/gpresult displays, and, changes the display of GPMC/GPEDIT the next time you use GPMC/GPEDIT]

    2) No you can't use subfolders. (well, you can create them but they will be ignored / won't work as you think / will cause problems).
    The \PolicyDefinitions\ folder structure is intended/expected to follow the standard form, regardless of local template store or if central store.


    Don [doesn't work for MSFT, and they're probably glad about that ;]

    • Marked as answer by mij2014 Tuesday, November 08, 2016 7:41 PM
    Saturday, November 05, 2016 12:12 AM

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  • We are about to create a new central store for administrative templates which will contain admx files Windows 10 only (we have never had one before) but have used templates for Windows 7 in existing policies in the past.

    1) What (if anything) will happen to the admx files that we already have in place which have been used in a policy.

    2) Also, can we create sub folders in the policydefinitions folder i.e. create a fodler called Windows 10 or do all the admx files need to be at the root of policy definitions?

    1) nothing happens to existing c:\windows\policydefinitions\ADMX/ADML files, they are left as they are, they are simply ignored once CS is implemented. [Changing from local template store to central template store, or, changing the ADMX/ADML files, does not affect any existing GPOs. It only changes the formatting of RSoP/gpresult displays, and, changes the display of GPMC/GPEDIT the next time you use GPMC/GPEDIT]

    2) No you can't use subfolders. (well, you can create them but they will be ignored / won't work as you think / will cause problems).
    The \PolicyDefinitions\ folder structure is intended/expected to follow the standard form, regardless of local template store or if central store.


    Don [doesn't work for MSFT, and they're probably glad about that ;]

    • Marked as answer by mij2014 Tuesday, November 08, 2016 7:41 PM
    Saturday, November 05, 2016 12:12 AM
  • Thanks for clarifying - much appreciated.
    Tuesday, November 08, 2016 7:42 PM