Logo
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows Azure
Windows Server
Windows Phone
EPL Standings
 
 
Windows Server

Windows Server 2008 R2 : Managing Active Directory with Policies (part 3) - Extending Group Policy Functionality

3/26/2011 7:01:40 PM

Extending Group Policy Functionality

When the settings included in Group Policy do not provide the necessary settings or configuration options, Group Policy can be extended by adding additional administrative templates. Many third-party software vendors, and Microsoft, provide administrative templates that can be imported into group policies to add functionality.Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 support a new administrative template format consisting of an ADMX file that contains the administrative template settings, and a corresponding ADML file that contains the language-specific information that allows for the editing of the administrative template settings in the local language of the system administrator. To extend Group Policy functionality to manage Office 2007 settings as an example, perform the following steps:

1.
To create a domain central store.

2.
Download the Office 2007 administrative templates from Microsoft.

3.
Execute the download and select a target folder.

4.
Open this folder to locate the ADMX folder and open it to reveal the ADMX files and the language-specific subfolders that contains the respective ADML language files.

5.
For this example, our Group Policy management will only be performed using the English language templates. Select all of the ADMX files at the root of the folder and also select the en-us folder, as shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8. Selecting all of the Office 2007 ADMX files and the English United States language-specific folder.

6.
Copy the selected ADMX files and the en-us folder to the Clipboard by right-clicking and choosing Copy.

7.
Navigate to the domain central store network location and open the folder. For the domain companyabc.com, the location of the central store is \\companyabc.com\sysvol\companyabc.com\Policies\PolicyDefinitions.

8.
Right-click on a blank spot in this folder and choose Paste to copy the ADMX files and the en-us ADML folder to the central store. Because an en-us folder already exists, a prompt opens stating that if any files exist in the folder with the same name as the files being placed in that folder they will be merged. Check the Do This for All Current Items check box, and click the Yes button.

9.
Close the window and open the Group Policy Management Console.

10.
Create a new policy named Office2007TestGPO and open it for editing.

11.
Navigate to the Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates settings node and select it.

12.
In the Settings pane, if the process worked correctly, there should be several new Office 2007–related settings nodes, as shown in Figure 9.

Figure 9. Reviewing the new Office 2007 Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates.

13.
Navigate to the User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates settings node and select it.

14.
Note all of the new Office 2007 user settings.

15.
Close the Group Policy Management Editor and close the Group Policy Management Console.

The main reason to use the central store when extending group policies with new administrative templates is so that any administrator who attempts to create, view, or edit a domain policy will be able to view all of the available settings.

Other -----------------
- Windows Server 2008 R2 : Managing Users with Policies
- BizTalk 2010 Recipes : Document Schemas - Creating Flat File Schemas via the Wizard
- BizTalk 2010 Recipes : Document Schemas - Creating Flat File Schemas
- SharePoint 2010 : Testing the Three-State Workflow
- SharePoint 2010 : Reviewing the Workflow-Related Settings in Central Administration and Site Settings
- SharePoint 2010 : Defining Workflows in the Business Environment
- Exchange Server 2010 : Setting Up Public Folders (part 5) - Create and Configure a Public Folder
- Exchange Server 2010 : Setting Up Public Folders (part 4) - Create and Configure a Dynamic Distribution Group
- Exchange Server 2010 : Setting Up Public Folders (part 3)
- Exchange Server 2010 : Setting Up Public Folders (part 2) - Mail-Enable Public Folder & Configuring Public Folder Limits
- Exchange Server 2010 : Setting Up Public Folders (part 1) - Creating Public Folders & Configuring Public Folder Permissions
- Windows Server 2008 R2 : Managing Computers with Domain Policies (part 7)
- Windows Server 2008 R2 : Managing Computers with Domain Policies (part 6)
- Windows Server 2008 R2 : Managing Computers with Domain Policies (part 5)
- Windows Server 2008 R2 : Managing Computers with Domain Policies (part 4) - Deploying Printers
- Windows Server 2008 R2 : Managing Computers with Domain Policies (part 3) - Creating Application Control Policies
- Windows Server 2008 R2 : Managing Computers with Domain Policies (part 2) - Creating a Software Restriction Policy
- Windows Server 2008 R2 : Managing Computers with Domain Policies (part 1)
- BizTalk 2010 Recipes : Document Schemas - Defining Regular Expressions
- BizTalk 2010 Recipes : Creating Complex Types
 
 
Most view of day
- Adobe InDesign CS5 : Managing Pages and Books - Creating Master Pages
- Using OneNote with Other Programs : OneNote Integration with PowerPoint
- Participating in Internet Newsgroups : Notes on Working with Newsgroup Messages, Following Up a Message, Posting a New Message
- Managing Digital Movies (part 2) - Watching and Managing Movies with Windows Live Photo Gallery
- Deploying Applications Using Group Policy and SCCM 2007 : Creating Software Installation Policies
- Maintaining Security : Maintaining High Security, Setting Internet Explorer Security
- SQL server 2008 R2 : Creating and Managing Stored Procedures - Using Input Parameters
- Windows Server 2003 on HP ProLiant Servers : The Physical Design and Developing the Pilot - Time Services (part 1) - Time Services Role in Authentication
- Editing Digital Video with Windows Live Movie Maker (part 8) - Sharing Your Videos - Publishing to the Web
- Microsoft Outlook 2010 : Working with Tasks - Adding a Task
Top 10
- Windows Server 2012 : DHCP,IPv6 and IPAM - Exploring DHCP (part 3) - Creating IPv4 DHCP Scopes
- Windows Server 2012 : DHCP,IPv6 and IPAM - Exploring DHCP (part 2) - Installing DHCP Server and Server Tools
- Windows Server 2012 : DHCP,IPv6 and IPAM - Exploring DHCP (part 1)
- Windows Server 2012 : DHCP,IPv6 and IPAM - Understanding the Components of an Enterprise Network
- Microsoft OneNote 2010 : Using the Research and Translate Tools (part 3) - Translating Text with the Mini Translator
- Microsoft OneNote 2010 : Using the Research and Translate Tools (part 2) - Translating a Word or Phrase with the Research Pane
- Microsoft OneNote 2010 : Using the Research and Translate Tools (part 1) - Setting Options for the Research Task Pane, Searching with the Research Task Pane
- Microsoft OneNote 2010 : Doing Research with Linked Notes (part 2) - Ending a Linked Notes Session, Viewing Linked Notes
- Microsoft OneNote 2010 : Doing Research with Linked Notes (part 1) - Beginning a Linked Notes Session
- Microsoft OneNote 2010 : Doing Research with Side Notes (part 3) - Moving Side Notes to Your Existing Notes
 
 
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows Azure
Windows Server
Windows Phone
2015 Camaro