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When I went to try to install Office 2007 and Office 2010 ADMX Group Policy administrative templates on my new Windows Server 2008 R2, I couldn't find any straightforward guidance on how to do it. I muddled my way through it, but I thought I'd share my experience in case it can save others some trouble.
If you're in a hurry, here is the most straightforward answer I could find through my web searches:
For some background, I discovered that ADMX templates are superior to the older ADM templates because they are not stored inside the Group Policy Object, and are therefore helpful in avoiding having your SYSVOL folder get too large. However, the old ADM templates were certainly a lot easier to install! Ond of course, ADMX templates are XML-based and therefore carry all the advantages of that technology.
First of all, you need to download the ADMX templates you want to install. The ones I wanted were for Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010. Googling "Office 2010 ADMX templates" should guide you to
Microsoft's download page. Download and extract the files.
After extracting the files, open the ADMX folder. You should see the .admx files you need, and you should also see folders like "de-de," "en-us," "ja-jp," etc. These folders hold the .adml language files that correspond to the .admx files. You will need to install both.
Next, locate the "central store" folder for your ADMX policy templates. On Windows Server 2008, it already existed at
%systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions I've read that for Windows Server 2003, you may need to explicitly create this folder.
Now, copy the .admx files you extracted to the central store directory.
Finally, you must copy the corresponding .adml language files to the central store folder. However, these files must be copied into language-specific directories inside the central store folder, i.e.
for American English, \ja-jp for Japanese, etc., just like they are in the ADMX folder we looked at earlier.
You do not need the files for all languages, only the files for the languages you need in your organization. But you do need the .adml files for at least one language, or the Group Policy editor will give you an error when you try to manage administrative templates there.
I am attaching two screenshots. One shows the location of the central store folder and how it looks with the language specific subfolders. The second screenshot shows what my group policy editor looks like after the ADMX templates have been installed correctly for Office 2007 and Office 2010.
For example, if your Active Directory domain name is mydomain.local, then you would navigate to the following location:
After navigating to that location you would create a folder named "PolicyDefinitions".
Next, you would copy the contents of "%systemroot%\PolicyDefini
[Actually, you don't have to copy the entire contents of "%systemroot%\PolicyDefini
See the following Microsoft KB article for reference: http://support.microsoft.c
Thanks for the post KTN-IT; nice concise overview. If you update your article by replacing the two occurrences of "%systemroot%\PolicyDefini
Of course, if you want to use a Local Store rather than a Central Store, then your instructions are fine as-is.
All I know is, using my instructions, I can install Office 2007/2010 ADMX templates and centrally manage the policies I need to for all users and computers in my AD domain.
To check to see which store the GPMC tool is using, select the Group Policy Object in the tree and then in the right-hand pane select the "Settings" tab and then expand the "Administrative Templates" section. Just below the "Administrative Templates" header, you will see either "Policy definitions (ADMX files) retrieved from the local machine", or "Policy definitions (ADMX files) retrieved from the central store". See the following screenshots for reference.
Thanks for the clarification. Now I understand the advantages of using the central store versus the local store. As a matter of fact, I am here referencing this article to remember how to install Office administrative templates on another server in my organization. If I can change the template installation location to the central store, maybe I can just reference them there, without having to recreate all my template settings again on another server.
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