GPO – How To Add ADMX template to Group Policy

Loading the ADMX templates
If you use ADMX and ADML files on computers that run Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2, you can store them in one of the following locations:
• If you want to manage multiple computers in your domain, create the central store in the Sysvol folder on the primary domain controller. This provides a replicated central storage location for domain Administrative Templates.
When you use a central store, GPMC reads the single set of Administrative Template files that are stored there when you edit, model, or report on a GPO. GPMC reads these files from over the network. Therefore,, you should always connect the GPMC to the closest domain controller. The central store consists of the following:
o A root-level folder, which contains all language-neutral ADMX files. For example, create the root folder for the central store on your domain controller at this location:
o Subfolders, which contain the language-specific ADML resource files. Create a subfolder of %systemroot%\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions for each language that you will use. For example, create a subfolder for United States English at this location:
For more information about how to store and use the Administrative Templates from a central store, see “Group Policy and Sysvol” in the Group Policy Planning and Deployment Guide (
• If you want to manage a single computer, store them in the PolicyDefinitions folder on the local computer. This enables you to edit the local GPO.
o ADMX files are stored in this location: %systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions
o ADML files are stored in this location: %systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions\
where ll-cc represents the language identifier, such as en-us for English United States
Group Policy Object Editor automatically reads all ADMX files that are stored in the central store of the domain in which the GPO was created. If you have set up a central store, Group Policy ignores the local versions of the ADMX templates that are stored on the local computer.
When there is no central store, the Local Group Policy Editor reads the local versions of the ADMX files that are used by the local GPO.
For more information about ADMX files, see Managing Group Policy ADMX Files Step-by-Step Guide (

Loading the ADM templates
ADM templates are stored in GPOs. If you want to use ADM templates, you must load the ADM templates into each GPO that you want to configure policy settings for.
To load the Office 2010 Administrative Templates (ADMfiles) to a GPO
1. Verify that you are a member of the Domain Admins group or have the necessary permissions for the GPO: Edit settings or Edit settings, delete, and modify.
For more information about permissions that are needed to manage Group Policy, see “Delegating administration of Group Policy” in the Group policy Planning and Deployment Guide (
2. In Group Policy Object Editor, right-click Administrative Templates in the Computer Configuration or User Configuration node, and then select Add/Remove Templates. A list of the Administrative Template files that are already added to the GPO is displayed.
3. To add another Administrative Template file, click Add, and then browse to the location where you have saved the Office 2010 Administrative Template files.
4. Select the file that you want to add, and then click Open. Repeat this step for each Administrative Template file that you want to add.
5. When you are finished adding the files to the GPO, click Close. You can then edit the added policy settings in the GPO.