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Applying Win 8.1/Server2012R2 ADMX to Win2008ServerR2 Central Store

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I downloaded the Windows 8.1/Server 2012 R2 ADMX that is now available (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=41193). I ran the MSI (which extracts all of the ADMX/ADML files) on my Server 2008 R2 domain controller. This domain controller has the central store of all administrative templates for our domain located at C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain\Policies\PolicyDefinitions. My first question: Does the 8.1/2012ServerR2 ADMX contain all of the administrative templates of Win8/Server2012? My second question: With the extracted ADMX/ADML files, am I supposed to just copy this to the central store and overwrite all of the current administrative templates? How will this affect my GPO? I want to make sure I'm not causing any issues by simply copying and pasting the extracted ADMX/ADML files from the 8.1/Server2012R2 MSI I downloaded which will overwrite the existing Administrative Template files in the central store.
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Copy and replace. New OSes and their templates are backwards compatible so you'll get the 2012 settings and retain the 2008 R2 settings as well.

It is worth noting that some new settings are only able to be adjusted from a new OS (8.1/2012 R2) and having the templates isn't enough. But it still won't harm anything.

as always, have a backup. While this is usually not an issue, thugs can always go sideways.
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Great! That's exactly what I needed to know. Thanks!
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