Monday, May 7, 2012

Location of ADM (Administrative Template) Files in Group Policy

When you create Group Policy Objects using the Active Directory Users and Computers or Active Directory Sites and Services utilities, you have data in the Active Directory and in SYSVOL (an automatically replicated folder used by domain controllers of the same domain). In SYSVOL, each Group Policy Object has an associated folder to store files that are components of the Group Policy. The template files used by a given GPO are stored in an "ADM" folder. For example, if the GUID (Globally Unique Identifier) associated with the "Default Domain Policy" GPO is {31B2F340-016D-11D2-945F-00C04FB984F9}, the local path to the ADM folder associated with this GPO would be the following path, where SYSVOL Location is the location of the SYSVOL folder:

SYSVOL Location\Domain Name\Policies\{31B2F340-016D-11D2-945F-00C04FB984F9}\Adm

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