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Using ADMX template on 2008 R2 Domain Controller

Posted on 2015-01-08
Last Modified: 2015-01-19
I have a 2008 R2 domain controller which I use for Group Policy. Up until now I have been using the ADM files which I see now have been replaced with the ADMX which were available before. But when I went to download the template for office 2013 only the admx were available. When I tried to add it using the Add/Remove Templates, they weren't available since I think that is only for ADM type.

I have been reasearching and all the sites say to copy the admx file to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions or to create a PolicyDefinitions folder in the sysvol for use as a central store. I tried both and I still get an error parsing message which everyone talks about but says copying to PolicyDefinitions is the solution.

Please help.
Question by:swenger7
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 40538869
when you download files from the internet they get a ntfs stream added to the file and you need to right click the file and select unprotect .. you can also use sysinternals streams.exe to unprotect (remove the ntfs stream data) to bulk unprotect files.

Author Comment

ID: 40538880
I didn't get any stream. It was admintemplates64.exe which extracted to an admin and admx folder when I ran the executible
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by:Joseph Moody
ID: 40551043
Can you give us a screenshot showing the files in the policy definitions folder? Did you also copy the language files over?
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ID: 40551044
When I tried to add it using the Add/Remove Templates, they weren't available since I think that is only for ADM type.
When you tried to add the Office ADMX file, what happened exactly? Did you get an error message or did the ADMX files add OK but just didn't appear in GPMC?

Did you attempt to implement the Group Policy Central Store prior to manually loading the ADMX files?

Author Comment

ID: 40551215
Before we go to the Central Store, let's try and resolve this locally.

When I open my group policy currently I have ADM templates for Office 2010. See attached file ADM2010.JPG

When I try to Right-Click on Administrative to Add Template and browse to where the Office 2013 admx files are they don't appear which I guess is because the Add Template is only for ADM files. See attached file AddTemplates.JPG

When I manually copy the new Office 2013 ADMX files into the C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions folder of the current domain controller as you can see in attached file Newadmx.jpg where I tried access15.admx then when I open up my policy I get an error which is attached file Error.jpg.

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Expert Comment

by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 40552545
check / reset the permissions on the folder

Author Comment

ID: 40553478
Here's the problem, the Folder has the owner as Trusted Installer as well as under Security a user called TrustedInstaller with full control. The file I copy in has inheritence, however it doesn't get the TrustedInstaller even if I force inheritence. I believe the reason is because I can't even find a user on the DC or AD called TrustedInstaller. However the file I copy in does have the Administrtor Group with full control. SO I am not sure if this is the cause of my error in group policy but if it is I am not sure how to fix it.
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Accepted Solution

Adam Brown earned 500 total points
ID: 40554623
There are always two files associated with an admx template, the admx file and the adml file. The adml file is a language localization file that holds the text of the settings. That must be placed into the en-us folder off the policydefinitions folder. If it's not there, you'll get errors.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 40554662
TrustedInstaller is a local user (part of the o/s)

Author Comment

ID: 40557836
I had to copy the adml files as well.

Thanks acbrown2010

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