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GPO ADMX Files for MS Office 2013

Posted on 2014-11-05
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I would like to configure a GPO with MS Office options.  In the past it was easy.  Download the ADM files... Add them... Have at it!!

Now you have to create a PolicyDefinitions Folder in the SYSVOL folder and dump the ADMX files in there....

My issue is once I do that ALL of the other GPO policies disappear.

How can I successfully add the OFFICE 2013 ADMX files, while keeping the rest of the policies in tact?
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Cliff Galiher earned 500 total points
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You don't *have* to create a a folder on sysvol. The feature you describe is known as a central store and has been around since Vista. Not new to office 2013 and not mandatory. You can copy the files to the local store as always.

If yo choose to create a central store, you need to copy the OS ADMX files there as well if you want to view/edit them in GPMC. That is as simple as taking the newest OS on your network, navigating to the local store, and copying those ADMX files to the same central store as office 2013.
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by:BSModlin
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So if I have Windows 7Pro workstations, and a combination of  2008 and 2012 servers I should copy ALL the ADMX files from Windows 7 ONLY?

Do I need to copy them from the servers?

I only have 1 site with 2 DCs.... How does this affect replication/bandwidth?
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2012 is newer that 7. As I said, the newest on your network. So I'd only copy the 2012.

They are small text files. There will be a small one-time replication hit, but it should barely be a blip.
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Ok, great..... and where are they located on the 2012 R2 Server?
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System drive \ windows \ policydefinitions
If I recall correctly.
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