Updating the adm files
The files are the files that provide policy information for items that are under the Administrative Templates folder in the console tree of the Group Policy snap-in, as shown in Figure 1 below.
Windows XP contains the following updated administrative template files: If you have files that are newer than those in a given Group Policy Object (GPO), your computer will automatically update the GPO with the newer files.
Every now and then Microsoft releases a new operating system and if you are in a domain environment you should be interested in manage your new (and old) computer via Group Polices.
To manage your computer you need either the target operating system version (or later) with RSAT (Remote Server Administrative Tools) or equivalent server operating system to be able to see and configure all features.
By default, when you start Group Policy, the system loads the most recently revised copies of the Administrative Templates source files (.adm) that it finds in the \inf directory.
The files create the list of policies that appear under Administrative Templates in Group Policy.
Administrative Templates facilitate the management of registry-based policy.
ADM files are consumed by the Group Policy Object Editor (GPEdit).
Windows XP Service Pack 2 shipped with five ADM files (system.adm, inetres.adm, wmplayer.adm, and wuau.adm).
Open the Group Policy Management Console (or GPMC) from the Administrative Tools folder in the Stat menu, or by typing Note: GPMC is not a built-in part of Windows 2000/XP/2003, and needs to be separately installed.
You can download GPMC from the following link (Download GPMC), yet remember it can only be used effectively on Windows Server 2003-based Active Directory.
In a previous article – Understanding Administrative Templates in GPO – I’ve described the purpose of the Administrative Templates section in the Windows 2000/XP/2003 GPO.