Group Policy Settings - SBS2011

Hi All.

We are trying to setup various group policy settings in SBS2011.

This question is not about where to find them etc. but more to do with where they have gone.

Please allow me to explain.

(Bear with me, this is related) We have deployed Office 2013 on an RDS 2012 server and so we have put various office ADMX files in the following location:


When we go to edit a group policy we are able to edit and configure group policy settings for Office 2013 - but the usual GP settings for the entire organisation are missing.

If I remove those office 2013 ADMX file from the location - C:\Windows\sysvol\sysvol\xxxx.local\Policies\PolicyDefinitions then I am able to set the various organisation GP Settings - but the Office 2013 Settings are not available.

I appreciate this is probably my lack of understanding of where and how to setup group policy - so if anyone could throw some light on this please it would be much appreciated.

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Adam RayCommented:
Are you adding the office 2013 ADMX file via the Group-Policy console?

Or just dropping it in the folder on the hard drive (e.g. copying the ADMX file via windows Explorer)
AndyKeenAuthor Commented:
Hi wcllc.

The latter - dropping them in via a folder created with windows explorer and then copied in.

I guess that's the problem then.

Is the a MMC console to do this?
Adam RayCommented:
It's late... I need to think twice before typing. You do just drop your ADMX file into the PolicyDefinitions you mentioned above. However, before you do that you have to Create a Group Policy Central Store.

Short version:
From your server*, copy C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions to C:\Windows\sysvol\sysvol\XXXX.local\Policies\PolicyDefinitions, then drop in your office ADMX files (via windows explorer.)

*Copying the PolicyDefinitions from the SBS2011 server to the Central Store is a safe bet, I believe. But if you've raised the domain function level to 2012, you may want to read up on it a bit more to see if you should get the PolicyDefinitions from a 2012 server.

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AndyKeenAuthor Commented:
hi Wcllc.

Hope I am not confusing the issue here.

These policy settings have been made on the SBS2011 server. The Office 2013 ADMX files were put onto the SBS2011 policy store for central administration - I have done nothing with server 2012 (Running as RDS) policy settings.

Does this mean your above help is still relative.

Thank you
Adam RayCommented:
Yes, it should still be relative. I was probably the one confusing the matter.

If don't have/have never had Server 2012 setup with the Active Directory role (i.e. a 2012 Domain Controller) then you can ignore my comment about choosing which server to get the C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions from, get them from the SBS2011 Server.
AndyKeenAuthor Commented:
Ok that makes sense - thanks for you help.

I can see in Windows/Policydefinitions a whole raft of ADMX files - I did not know about that location.

So it seems that by creating a policydefinitions folder in C:\Windows\sysvol\sysvol\XXXX.local\Policies\ it seems to over-ride what's in c:\windows\policydefinitions - so it makes sense to copy these over to C:\Windows\sysvol\sysvol\XXXX.local\Policies\PolicyDefinitions and then drop the office2013 ADMX files and all should be sweet.

Thanks again - Will test it out and come back to you

AndyKeenAuthor Commented:
Hi Wcllc.

Your advice resolved the issue fine - great help - thank you.
AndyKeenAuthor Commented:
Great help, stayed engaged and offered a clear solution.
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