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Windows Server® 2012 Unleashed by Chris Amaris, Andrew Abbate, Omar Droubi, Guy Yardeni, Michael Noel, Rand Morimoto

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Group Policy Administrative Templates

Administrative templates are the core elements that make up a GPO. Most settings available within an administrative template are used to configure a corresponding Registry value for the computer or a user account, usually defined within the HKEY_Local_Machine or the HKEY_Current_User Registry hive. Other settings are provided to run computer-based and user-based scripts and, in some instances, install or make software packages available to subsets of users or computers.

Administrative templates come in three basic types:

• ADM files for Windows 2000 Client and Server, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003

• ADMX and ADML files for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and later OSs

• Custom ADM, ADMX, and ADML ...

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