Configure ADMX files in Group Policy to help manage Office Pro Plus settings for Office 365 in a Domain.
What are ADMX Files
ADMX and the previous version “ADM” files are used in Group Policy. The files are XML text files which populate the Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates and User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates areas in Group Policy. GP Editor use these files to populate the folder structure with the settings you see when you are expanding the Administrative Templates folder.
How are the files used by Group Policy
ADMX and ADM files are not used to “process’ group policy settings at the client/computer or user level. The files are only referenced when using GP Editor to edit GPO’s. Expanding the Administrative Templates node you will see all the folders and subfolders listed there for ADMX or ADM files that have been loaded and at this point the GP Editor reaches out to the location of the ADMX files and opens the inetres.admx file to populate all the settings which are shown in the GP Editor.
Installing the Office Pro Plus ADMX Files
Microsoft provide ADMX/ADM files to allow you to better manage Office 365 settings across a windows device fleet by providing additional management functionality to Office Pro Plus 2016.
You can download the Office 365 ADMX files from here.
Steps to install the ADMX files
- Once the file has been downloaded, run it to extract the files into an easy to access location.
- After the files have been extracted you will see
- Open the admx folder and then copy the .admx files
shown to the following location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions
- Open the relevant language folder e.g en-US. Select all the .adml files and copy them to the following location C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US
Copying all the files will allow you to manage individual settings for each office application. If you just wish to manage office itself then you can get away with just copying office16.admx and office16.adml
- Once copied into the relevant folders, run
command prompt as an administrator and do a group policy update by running the
- To confirm that the files were picked up correctly by Group Policy open the editor and confirm the options are available under Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates.
I recommend testing out these changes in a development environment first. If the files did not copy across correctly you will get a prompt when expanding Administrative Templates advising that a file is missing. Try to replace the file specified or re-download as the download could have been corrupt.