Indeed, this is a very common question on GPanswers.com, so let's clear it up right now.You should at least be able to see the results of adding the two templates (see Figure 3).Group Policy Preferences are fully integrated with the Group Policy Management Console and Advanced Group Policy Management in Windows Server 2008. Just right-click the words "Administrative Templates" and then click "Add," as shown in Figure 1, to add in the template.By default, Windows looks for templates in the \Windows\inf directory, but there's no reason you can't store them wherever you'd like.
Group Policy Preferences enables the administrator to configure applications or Windows components not ordinarily configurable via Group Policy, as well as apply to certain users or computers based on a very rich set of targeting rules. You could use one that you've downloaded from (we have about a dozen interesting ones), or maybe you want to utilize the ADM files for Office 2003 or Office 2007 located on the Microsoft Web site.
Here's something you may not be aware of: once the ADM template is added from the original storage point, that ADM template also gets added to the contents of the Group Policy Object (GPO) itself.
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That's because they're both necessary and confusing.
For instance, you'll find Software Restriction Policy, Group Policy Software Installation, Folder Redirection, and, yes, the one we utilize most: Administrative Templates.