Custom ADMX template with loopback processing

Posted on 2010-03-23
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Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Good afternoon,

We are in the process of trying to standardize the profiles on our Server 2008/R2 boxes.  We needed something that would work for existing and new servers, so default profile modification via sysprep is not an option.  So we went to group policy, but some options are not available that we need to customize.

We created an ADMX / ADML file set to modify a registry key, for example:


Now, our user objects do not, and can not live in the OU where this policy is applied.  So we enabled loopback processing in the policy, but this setting does not appear to be making it down to the machine.

Can ADMX templates be applied via loopback processing?

Thank you for any assistance.
Question by:omnipower321
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Expert Comment

ID: 28371251
Run Group Policy Managment tool....Run Group Policy Results Wizard report against one of your test machines... this will show you is the policy setting is being applied.


Author Comment

ID: 28371385
The policy is being applied, but the registry key remains unchanged, and the icons are still hidden.

Author Comment

ID: 28371843
Here is an example of the ADMX file:

<policyDefinitions revision="1.0" schemaVersion="1.0">
    <target prefix="fullarmor" namespace="FullArmor.Policies.F1C659F7_5E6C_4E54_8CD3_46630BFB1246" />
    <using prefix="windows" namespace="Microsoft.Policies.Windows" />
  <supersededAdm fileName="" />
  <resources minRequiredRevision="1.0" />
    <category name="Custom" displayName="$(string.Custom)" />
    <policy name="HKCU_Explorer_Hidden" class="User" displayName="$(string.HKCU_Explorer_Hidden)" key="HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" valueName="Hidden">
      <parentCategory ref="Custom" />
      <supportedOn ref="windows:SUPPORTED_WindowsVista" />
      <enabledValue />
      <disabledValue />

And an example of the ADML file:
<policyDefinitionResources revision="1.0" schemaVersion="1.0">
      <string id="Custom">Custom</string>
      <string id="HKCU_Explorer_Hidden">Show hidden files</string>

Both were created by using FullArmor ADMX.

Accepted Solution

omnipower321 earned 0 total points
ID: 28445670
Figured it out.  My syntax was wrong in the ADMX file.  I specified a full path including HKEY_CURRENT_USER when it is already implied through the class="User" property.

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