Add or remove an Administrative Template (.adm file)

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To add or remove an Administrative Template (.adm file)

  1. Open the Group Policy object that you want to edit.

  2. In the console tree, right-click Administrative Templates.


    • Group Policy object/Computer Configuration (or User Configuration)/Administrative Templates
  3. Click Add/Remove Templates.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • To add a template, click Add. In the Policy Templates dialog box, click the template that you want to add, and then click Open.

    • To remove a template, in the Current Policy Templates list, click the template, and then click Remove.


  • To complete this procedure, you must be logged on as a member of the Domain Administrators security group, the Enterprise Administrators security group, or the Group Policy Creator Owners security group.

  • To open Group Policy Object Editor, see Related Topics.

  • Because the role of Administrative Templates in the Windows Server 2003 family is different from Windows NT 4.0, the use of Windows NT 4.0 .adm files on client computers running Windows XP Professional, Windows XP 64-bit Edition (Itanium), and Windows Server 2003 operating systems is not recommended.

    If you do use the older .adm files to create namespaces in the Group Policy console, you can control whether the Windows NT 4.0 System Policy settings are visible in the details pane. To do this, in the console tree, click Administrative Templates. On the View menu, click Filtering, and then select or clear the Only show policy settings that can be fully managed check box. By selecting this check box, you cause System Policy settings to not be visible in the details pane. You can also use the Group Policy setting Enforce Show Policies Only to do this.


    • Group Policy object/User Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/Group Policy

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Open Group Policy from Active Directory Users and Computers
Open Group Policy from Active Directory Sites and Services
Ways to open Group Policy Object Editor
Edit the local Group Policy object
The role of Administrative Templates
Windows NT 4.0 system policies