Daniel Ramawidjaja Blog

June 3, 2009

ADMX Migrator

ADMX Migrator, which is created and supported by FullArmor, enables you to convert ADM files to the ADMX format and take advantage of the additional capabilities that it provides. The new XML-based format includes multilanguage support, an optional centralized datastore, and version control capabilities.

ADM
ADM is
Administrative Template files included by default in Windows operating system and service pack releases, beginning with Windows 2000, for managing group policy.

ADMX
If you’ve started using Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 in your environment, you may have noticed the new Group Policy ADMX format. This new format for Group Policy templates takes advantage of new features and capabilities.
The new ADMX format for displaying registry-based policy settings are defined using XML now, instead of the proprietary format that ADM files used. The new templates come with a lot more settings, almost 2,400 in Windows Vista, which is several hundred more than Windows XP.

ADMX Migrator
I need this tool when I want to convert a customized ADM files to ADMX format that is used in Windows Server 2008.

You can download ADMX Migrator here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0F1EEC3D-10C4-4B5F-9625-97C2F731090C&displaylang=en

An Example of ADM File

This is the content of my ADM file:

CLASS USER
CATEGORY !!DisableWindowsTour

	KEYNAME "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\Tour"

	POLICY !!DisableWindowsTour

		VALUENAME "RunCount"
		VALUEON NUMERIC 1
		VALUEOFF NUMERIC 0

	END POLICY

END CATEGORY

[strings]
DisableWindowsTour="Disable Windows Tour"


Migrate the ADMX File Using ADMX Migrator

ADMX-Test-018

No problem with this warning. You can add the support information later.

ADMX-Test-020

When prompted to load it to ADMX Editor, click Yes.

By default, the template was saved to the current userprofile, you can save as to your preferred folder.

ADMX-Test-023

Verify the template

ADMX-Test-025

ADMX-Test-026

Enter the supported definition

ADMX-Test-027

ADMX-Test-028

ADMX-Test-029

Copy the ADMX file to %SystemRoot%\PolicyDefinitions and en-US\ADML file to %SystemRoot%\PolicyDefinitions\en-US

ADMX-Test-016

Here is the result when opening Group Policy Management Editor.

ADMX-Test-005

ADMX-Test-006

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