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01: Troubleshooting with ADMX files

Learn how to implement the PolicyPak ADMX trouble-shooting files.

PolicyPak: Troubleshooting with ADMX files

Hi. This is Jeremy Moskowitz and in this video I’m going to show you how you can implement the PolicyPak ADMX troubleshooting files. So as you are probably familiar, ADMX files are the ability for you to do some extra stuff with a program and in PolicyPak land, that’s no exception. So the idea is that we have this troubleshooting folder. And by the time you get this video, it might actually not be zipped, but in this case we’ve got this ADMX file here that’s zipped, but we’re going to just drag it over here and we’re going to unzip it. Then we can kind of see what’s inside. I’m going to take all this stuff out. Take all this stuff out of here and chuck it over there. Okay, so now I’ve got all the ADMX – whoops, I thought I was going to – take all the stuff that’s in the ADMX folder and now we can manipulate it. So just a clean up here.

So we’ve got the policy definitions and directions. So really, I’m going over the directions right now, but here’s the policy definitions folder. You’ll see that there’s two ADMX files. They must go together. Or there could be more ADMX files by the time you watch this video. We might have more for other components as we have other features for debugging purposes that might be useful for you. But long story short, you’re going to want to put all the ADMX files together. And then in here, you’ll find ADML files, which is the language files, under en-US.

So what you do is you get this to your Central Store, if you have a Central Store, or to your local machine. On a local machine, if you don’t have a Central Store set up, you would go to C, Windows, Policy Definitions and you would copy in the ADMX files and put them where ADMX files is. And you take the en-US folder and drag in the files for ADML and put them there.

Now, I have a Central Store so I’m going to go to my domain controller Central Store, which is in Sysvol, Sysvol Domain Name Policies. Then there’s the PolicyPak Central Store, but this is actually the Microsoft Policy Definition Central Store. What we’re going to do is take the two ADMX files and we’re going to copy those in here. But that’s not enough. We need to also take the en-US folder and take the files in there and take the ADML files and put them where those are right there.

So now that we’ve copied in the ADMX and ADML files, the very next Group Policy object we create – so if I say Demo 123, troubleshooting example, if we right-click here and click “edit”, every Group Policy object from this point forward should have in the computer side Policies, Admin Templates, there’s now a new PolicyPak folder. And the folder names might be different by the time you check this out, but for instance we might have Browser Router, we might have Application Manager, we might have other components, but the idea is that as directed by your support engineer, you’ll go in and for instance take an entry and set it to enable or disable based upon what your support engineer tells you to do.

With that in mind, that’s all you would need to do. And hope that helps you out. Thanks so much.

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