Central Store for Group Policy Administrative Template 2012 r2


I am having difficulties understanding the Central Store for Group Policy?

1) Its advantages?

2)  if you got no directory to copy (policyDefinitions) what would you do?

3) Why would I copy definitions from a Vista station? (as suggested from a technet post)

4) Is the central store that awesome, why it is not a default setting/

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Cliff GaliherCommented:
1) A more consistent experience when multiple workstations or servers are used to manage group policies. There are also disk space savings as the templates are not copied into every policy created.

2) Any OS capable of supporting the central store has this folder. So the circumstances presented in this hypothetical simply cannot occur in a normal situation (And even in most abnormal ones. Someone would've had to actively delete the local store and destroyed the install media...in which case you have bigger problems than creating a central store.)

3)  Because you are reading a TechNet document that was written when Vista was the latest and greatest OS, which not coincidentally is when the central store was first introduced as a feature. Older OSes such as XP and 2003 cannot use a central store.  Today you'd copy templates from the newest OS you can get your hands on. Like anything, the date something was written matters and information does not always age well. You have to apply some logic.

4) Because there is no consistent way to implement it as a default. Should the central store come with Vista templates, Win7, win8, win8.1, or win10?  And Office 2007, 2010, 2013?  Or google Chrome (yes, there are admx templates for Chrome that you can copy into the central store.)  Or any of the dozens of other applications that support admx templates?  

The default is to use the local policy so you are always using the template best suited for the OS you are on. It could be very disorienting to edit a group policy from a windows 10 machine where newest domain controller is 2008, and therefore only see Vista group policies because that was the latest templates that shipped at the time 2008 did.  That would be the experience if the central store was enabled by default.  Instead, it is left to the sysadmin to decide if they want to use the store, and which templates they want to add to the store. That way they *know* which OSes they have and they can make a conscientious decision to do so, as well as take on the responsibility of updating the store when they add a new OS into their infrastructure.  The current default makes a lot of sense when viewed from that perspective.

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defreyAuthor Commented:
Thanks Cliff,

Can I just simply copy the Policy Definitions from WS2012R2?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
defreyAuthor Commented:
Thank you Cliff!
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