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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cool feature: Group policy administrative template central store

This time I want to write a little bit about cool feature, which I recommend to everybody. And that is to create a central group policy template store.
Why would anyone want to do that? Answer is simple - so that no matter from which computer you open Group Policy Management Console (GPMC), administrative templates section would always look the same. By default administrative templates are loaded from local computer and customizations are always left on that computer.
Configuring this is really easy:
1. First navigate to domain controller and browse to C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain\policies
2. Create a folder named PolicyDefinitions
3. Copy all files from C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions to the folder created in step two

And that's it!

You can verify that central store is working by opening GPMC, edit group policy object and open Policies in user or computer section and expand Administrative Templates:

More info here

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