Create Central Store Group Policy

In this article, I’m going to teach you how to apply or generate  central store for our GPO

Wait, What is Central Store at all?

When we have several domain controllers and we have added ADMX/ADM files to the certain DC, it can make a big mess because try to imagine, I guess that your IT system team has several system administrators which each of them has added different ADMX/ADM on different DC, in this situation we have a big mess! Because once you need to change some policy, for instance, Google Chrome ADMX you don’t know on which DC some of them applied the GPO, and you can easily screw up systems, I have seen 3-4 customers that have this issue which freaks me out.

Therefore Microsoft has made for the solution that calls” Central Store”, centralize all GPO, ADMX, ADM files to the central location.

How can we do it?

In you Active Directory, open C:\Windows and search “Policy Definitions ” folder, once you found it copy it to SYSVOL folder under policies:

Central Store

 

PolicyDefinitions

Add ADMX/ADM file to “Policy Definitions ” folder, in my case I added Office365 ADMX files so we have to copy it exactly to “Policy Definitions” folder, EN-US to EN-US folder.

Central Store_GPO

Same for Google Chrome:

ADMX_GOOGLE_CHROME

And here you can see that all ADMX/ADM are retrieved from the Central Store:

Central StoreGPO.jpg

GPO_ADMX

Ok Right now,  it doesn’t matter from which server do you open the Group Policy Managment, you will get all ADMX/ADM files.

And yes even from RSAT.

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My name is Meir Peleg, (Born 30/04/1991) live in ISRAEL. Live and breath IT world. Microsoft MVP Windows IT & VMware vExpert.