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Server 2012 – Import Windows 10 ADMX GPO

For each product, like Windows or Office,  Microsoft introduces new features or new configuration options. All of these can be managed using Group Policy Object (GPO) but you must get the latest policy definitions if you want set the new options. For exemple, with Windows Server 2012 R2, you need to import Windows 10 ADMX in order to manage it by GPO.

Windows 10 ADMX with Server 2012

Windows 10 ADMX with Server 2012

Let’s see how to import ADMX file for Group Policy Object.

Create the Central Store

Before Windows Vista, you needed to import specific ADM files for each GPO which modify a new options. With this method, the size of the sysvol folder could be very huge, and cause some replication issues. This is why Microsoft created the GPO Central Store repository. By this way, you only need to copy/paste the admx file one time and it will be available for all GPO. Creating the Central Store is an easy task:

  • Go to  Policy folder under Sysvol.
  • Create a new folder and named it PolicyDefinitions:
PolicyDefinitions folder

PolicyDefinitions folder

  • The central store is now created. Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) and Windows Client will get ADMX files from this folder.

Import Windows 10 ADMX

  • Go to the Microsoft website to download Windows 10 ADMX files. (here)
Windows 10 ADMX Download

Windows 10 ADMX Download

  • Run the executable to extract files:
ADMX for Windows 10

ADMX for Windows 10

  • From C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Group Policy\Windows 10\PolicyDefinitions, copy all .ADMX, your language folder and paste into the Central Store:
Central Store with ADMX

Central Store with ADMX

GPO for Windows 10

  • When you create a new GPO, GPMC will indicate that the Policy Definitions are retrieved from the Central Store:
GPMC ADMX Files

GPMC ADMX Files

  • You can now edit options for Windows 10. Like Microsoft Edge configuration:
Microsoft Edge GPO

Microsoft Edge GPO

More

You can get more information about ADMX files here.

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