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Microsoft® Windows® Group Policy Guide by William R. Stanek, Derek Melber, Darren Mar-Elia, The Microsoft Group Policy Team

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What Is an Administrative Template?

Administrative template files describe where registry-based policy settings are stored in the registry. Administrative template files, typically referred to as .adm files, do not affect the actual policy processing by the administrative templates client-side extension (CSE). The .adm files affect only the display of the policy settings in the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in. If the .adm file is removed from a Group Policy object (GPO), the settings corresponding to the .adm file will not appear in the Group Policy Object Editor.

The .adm files are Unicode text files that enable a user interface to allow you to modify registry-based policy settings using the Group Policy Object Editor. After a setting that ...

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