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Missing administrative templates from Group Policy Windows 2012 Domain Controllers

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Today I went to edit our domain group policies (which I do often) and found the Administrative templates is empty.      Example right click any policy and choose edit then select user configuration then select policies then Administrative templates and none of the usual items and sub folders are there.      Any ideas how to resolve this?

Windows 2012 domain controllers.  (both have same issue)
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Do you use a central repository?

GP definitions can be copied from any machine.  You can go to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions and copy them from any 2012 server.  I'm not certain that you wouldn't encounter any issues if you were to copy from a newer OS (but from my understanding I think it's unlikely).  What you find in that folder is only the templates, not the actual GPOs.  You can also download templates from MS, just search for the version you want.  Example:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36991

Compare what's available from another machine or download to what you have in the PolicyDefinitions folder.
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The policy definitions are already in that folder.    I installed the latest ones anyone and still have the same issue.     Not sure if this is a clue but the only policy template that is showing is a custom one from a software vendor for deployment and it is located in a different folder.      Could mind be somehow reading from the wrong folder?  

C:\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol\mydomain.com\Policies\PolicyDefinitions
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I just copied these files C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions to here C:\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol\mydomain.com\Policies\PolicyDefinitions and that fixed the problem although I am still puzzled why this happened at least it worked.
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That's the location of the central repository (it's something that has to be set up manually).  Without that set up, each machine would look at their own C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions folder when editing GPOs.  That's why I asked if you had one set up - to know where GP considers the source.

As to how files got removed, that I can't answer.  If you have auditing turned on you may be able to glean the information.
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