Group Policy Central Store and Administrative templates
Posted on 2016-08-02
I'm looking into updating the Administrative Templates currently used in our DCs. I would like to install Windows 10 Administrative Templates.
The servers are Windows Server 2008 R2.
At the moment, the DCs are just pulling the templates locally from C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions
Since there are multiple DCs, I'd rather not have to update this folder one by one, so I did some reading and found about the Central Store capability.
I know how to copy items to the sysvol folder and how it should work. I just want to confirm a few things before I make any change.
1. If after I create the FQDN\SYSVOL\domain\Policies folder, I leave the C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions untouched, will the Group Policy editor ONLY read the .admx files in the sysvol folder?
So it will completely stop reading from the local PolicyDefinitions folder?
2. Is there any chance of the currently configured Group Policies breaking from this update?
Say because a certain policy was discontinued or its location changed in the 'Administrative Templates' hierarchy?