Hi guys, hope you are all well and can assist.
We have a mixed domain of 2003, 2008 and 2012 domain controllers.
We currently don't use a central store for group policy, but we now wish to.
I would just like some clarity about the following if that is okay?
1.On our PDC Emulator, lets call it "SERVERA", I will create a new folder in SYSVOL called "PolicyDefinitions" using the following command:
2.I will then copy all of our ADMX and ADML files to the Central Store.
xcopy /s c:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\* C:\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol\%UserDNSDomain%\Policies\PolicyDefinitions
3.I will then verify in GPMC that the administrative templates are being received from the central store, and not from the local computer.
1.If I add GPMC to another domain controller, lets say its called "SERVERB", how will this domain controller know that I am using a central store that I set up on SERVERA, the PDC Emulator, and not local computer?
2.What clean up work can I safely do in the SYSVOL share once the Central Store has been set up? For example, can I safely remove the Adm folder for every single GPO?
3.If I did a search for all *.adm files in the SYSVOL share, can safely delete all of these adm files returned? What would be the impact on group policy delivery to clients, to domain controllers?
4.What is the best way to clean up (remove admin templates) from SYSVOL once the Group Policy Central Store has been set up? This is the thing that makes me a little nervous.
5.If I did not convert any adm files to admx files, and I did have group policies that required editing, and that these same gpos made use of adm files, then is it true that editing of the group policy, once moved to the central store, is not possible?
6.How can I know which, if any, gpos currently rely on adm files as opposed to admx files? The reason I ask is so to be sure of which adm files to remove.
Any help greatly appreciated about this entire process going from No Central Store, to one which does have a Central Store.