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Group Policy not showing ADM

Hi Experts,

I am fairly new to Group Policy, and I am creating a new GPO under a test OU containing test user accounts. My Domain Controller is running on Win Server 2008 R2.

I can see that, in the Default Doman Policy, I can browse to "User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates: policy definitions (ADMX files) retrieved from the central store >Classic Administrative Templates

But I have created another GPO in a child OU, and I am unable to browse down to 'Classic Administrative Templates' as this option is not there.

My goal is to 'prevent users from using registry editing tools' but I am struggling to find this; and obviously don't want to set this at 'Default Domain Policy' level, as this will affect Domain Administrators.

So I suppose there are two possible solutions out there for me, either learn how to get 'Classic Administrative Templates'  or if someone could tell me where to find the policy to restrict users accessing the registry editor.

Thanks
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Nathan Lindley

8/22/2022 - Mon
David Johnson, CD

Guessing the users are local administrators of their machines.. standard users can't edit the registry
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on DC you will need to add the templates to central store i guess. Kindly refer below link which will help you

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772560.aspx
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Nathan Lindley

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HI Zacharia Kurian,

I am new to the organisation, so I am not sure how this DC was set up, I have a feeling It is an upgrade. I have added two attachments, showing the Default Domain Policy, and a test policy I set up which is obviously different.

If a patch needs to be downloaded from Microsoft, then this has probably already been done, as we do already have policies with 'Classic Administrative Template'

I just need pointing in the right direction of how to apply these ADM files to policies, or when creating a new policies.

Apologies for the delayed response, I'm in a new role and it's busy.
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Zacharia Kurian

Looks like you have issues with your central GPO. So follow the above link and update the polices. But always take a full backup of your GPOs + make a copy of the default domain policy and default domain controller policy too.

There is a video link in the in the posted link in my first reply. There is no harm in updating the central GPOs with the latest ones.

Zac.
Nathan Lindley

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Zac,

I will give this a try tonight, after backing up GPO's and taking a snapshot of the DC - I'll update this when I've attempted
Nathan Lindley

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zac,

I will be taking backups of the DC, but will this mess up or affect my existing GPO's?

Or will it just add the 'classic administrative templates' to the existing GPOs?

OR, will this just fix the issue for future GPO's I create?
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Zacharia Kurian

It will just update your central GPO store. Your current settings wouldn't change. But to be on the safe side, make sure to take a full backup of your GPOs.

Zac.
Nathan Lindley

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Hi Zac,

I have carried out this procedure to update the ADMX files and it all went along fine by the looks of it... I'm just going to log in as a normal user on Citrix to make sure everything looks to be in order

However, this has still not given me the option of 'classic administrative templates'

Any advise?
Zacharia Kurian

Have you tried creating a new GPO and checked if all the options are available?

Zac.
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Nathan Lindley

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I did create a new GPO, and the 'administrative templates' does say that it has updated from the central store, but I cannot find 'classic administrative templates'
Zacharia Kurian

A bit weird. How many DCs  do you have?

Could you check \\dc1\SYSVOL\domain.com\Policies\PolicyDefinitions  and list the folder names? (and the same for the rest of the DCs too)

and then \\domain\SYSVOL\domain.com\Policies\PolicyDefinitions\en-US

For the first path you should have a folder named "PolicyDefinitions" and then GPO ids of your existing GPOs at the time migration. For the second path, you should have all the .admx and in "en-US" all the adml files.

Zac.
Nathan Lindley

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I know what I did wrong.. I copied only the language files across.
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