Microsoft released Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709). Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface. This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings. In this post, we will see “Configure ADMX ADML WMI Filter for Windows 10 1709 Devices.” Still waiting for Windows 10 1802 admx file.
Video Tutorial to Import ADMX and WMI Filters to Group Policy Management – – here
Download – Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 (1607) and Windows Server 2016 – here
What are ADMX and ADML files?
The ADMX files contain the actual settings technical information such as registry key path and values to set for Windows 10 1709. The ADML had the language specific displayed text when you went into the Group Policy Management Console to edit real GPO’s.
“Redstone 3,” or RS3) ADMX files should be copied to “C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions” folder. The ADML files are language-specific files, and it should be copied to “C:\Windows\Policy Definitions/En-US” folder if you have only En-US machines.
Group Policy Errors after ADMX File Import
I received the following error when I copied Windows 10 1709 ADMX files should be copied to “C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions” folder. But, I didn’t copy ADML files to “C:\Windows\ Policy Definitions/En-US”.
An appropriate resource file could not be found for the file C:Windows\PolicyDefinitions\AdmPwd.admx (error=2): The system cannot find the files specified.
The issue got resolved after ADML file to respective language folder as mentioned below. More details available in the video tutorial “How to Configure ADMX, ADML, and WMI Filter for Windows 10 1709 Devices.”
What are WMI Filters – Group Policy Management
I’m not a big fan of WMI filters usage to apply Group Policies to Windows 10 devices. WMI Filters can help when we need to apply certain policies based on special characters of devices like Operating System version, network configuration, or other criteria.
The MOF files can be imported to group policy management tool to create WMI filters. I would instead deploy MDM policies to Windows 10 devices using SCCM or Intune. More details available in the video tutorial “How to Configure ADMX, ADML, and WMI Filter for Windows 10 1709 Devices.”