[gptalk] Re: Office 2007 ADMs

  • From: "Darren Mar-Elia" <darren@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 16:59:44 -0700

Just to jump in and add a bit to what Alan said:


ADM files should reside in c:\windows\inf, not c:\windows\system32\inf. As
Alan said, anything you see under c:\windows\system32\grouppolicy only
relates to the local GPO and not domain-based ones. Also, just to put a fine
point on it, by default, when you have GP Editor open and focused on a GPO
(domain-based or local), when you add ADMs using the Add/Remove Template
option, they are automatically copied up to the SYSVOL portion of the GPO
(if it's a domain-based GPO) and so you don't have to do anything explicit
other than add them into GP Editor. If you wanted to add those ADMs to
multiple GPOs at once, you could either manually copy them up to the SYSVOL
portion of the GPO or just bring up GP Editor on each GPO and add/remove
templates for each. 


Of course, all this changes in Vista..




From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Alan & Margaret
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2007 4:53 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Office 2007 ADMs


Hi Robert,


It really isn't that hard to do, but to answer your questions:-


The way I like to do it is to load the ADM templates only into the Polices
that you want to use them in. When you do this, it is placed in the ADM
directory on the sysvol  under the directory tree for that policy. They are
then automatically replicated to all DC's. I also like to delete those that
are not used. 


C:\windows\system32\inf is the location where Microsoft puts all of the
available Templates. When you use GPEdit to set polices on the local
machine, any ADM Template you add is placed in


admfiles.ini. lists the list of ADM Templates that have been loaded,
although I am not sure what the =1 means.


Here are a couple of references that might help.






I can't really help much on what settings to apply. I haven't done it


Alan Cuthbertson



 Policy Management Software:-



ADM Template Editor:-



Policy Log Reporter(Free)







From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Robert Mariani
Sent: Monday, 16 April 2007 1:50 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Office 2007 ADMs


Hi All,
The painful task of deploying office 2007 has fallen into my lap.

Since a customised GPO deployment is not really supported for Office 2007 I
though i would take a look at the adms supplied to see what can be
configured via gpo.

Well it seems as though pretty much most of the options can be configured
post install with a GPO for each program or computer.

My question is this. Since im kinda new to custom loaded adms (other than
the default windows/user ones) - is there a standard for how they are used?
ie do they need to reside in a particular directory? Do people link them on
the fly when creating a new GPO? Do all adms need to copied out to all DC's?

I have noticed that windows *.adm files reside in the following locations:


there is also a little file called admfiles.ini in the
C:\WINDOWS\system32\GroupPolicy\Adm -> it looks like it contains the default
adms to load for new policies 

I have sucessfully added/linked an office 2007 adm and can see the
configuration options - what things to think about now??

Kind regards
Robert Mariani

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