Updating the adm files used by group policy

Open the Group Policy Management Console (or GPMC) from the Administrative Tools folder in the Stat menu, or by typing Note: GPMC is not a built-in part of Windows 2000/XP/2003, and needs to be separately installed.

You can download GPMC from the following link (Download GPMC), yet remember it can only be used effectively on Windows Server 2003-based Active Directory.

We will make the Windows 8.1/Server 2012R2, Office 2013, and a few other ADMX files available to our entire IT department.

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When Microsoft introduced ADMX/ADML files, they changed the model. They are either found, as I’ve mentioned, in the c:\windows\policydefinitions folder, or in something called the Central Store.If you do not have GPMC or cannot install it then you’ll need to edit the GPO via the regular means, i.e.from Active Directory Users and Computers management tool (dsa.msc). Right-click an existing GPO (or create an new GPO, then right-click on it) and select Now re-open the Administrative Templates section and browse to the new settings location.Recently I’ve been answering a few questions about the role of ADMX files (Administrative Templates) in Group Policy.For those who are new to Group Policy or haven’t spent a lot of time with it, I have seen some misunderstanding around what these template files actually do, and their role in GP processing.

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