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editing domain-based GPOs with ADMX files stored locally not in central store

how can i  edit domain-based GPOs with ADMX files stored locally not in central store sysvol?
is there a way to change this. i do not want to update sysvol files.

in window 7 sp1 i hav have downloaded the windows 8 pack (Windows8-Server2012ADMX-RTM.msi). i want to be able to make policies for windows 8 machines that we are just testing.

worst case can i export local group policy to domain policy?

(i know windows 8 editing should be done from a windows 8 machine)

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put the admx files in the c:\windows\policydefinitions folder on the server you want to edit the grroup policy with... or even better add the rsat tools to the windows client and edit the group policy from that client.
ADMX files are used for GPO not local settings.
If you import an ADMX file it uploads to the sysvol folder.

Your best option to play with GPO's and ADMX files would be to create a seperate domain in a VM as a lab and make your changes there.

What are you trying to achieve other than editing files locally? What is your end goal?
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