Now that my team is cranking up the air cover for Windows “Longhorn” Server, the topic of Group Policy, Central Store, ADMX templates and such are going to come up more frequently. With that in mind, I’ll start posting relevant information, even if it’s something that happened a few months ago. For instance, back in November when football, beer and turkey were popular, we released the ADMX Migrator.
The ADMX Migrator 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.
You can select multiple ADM files for conversion. The ADMX Migrator creates a unique namespace which you can rename and will display a warning if a collision is detected due to duplicate names. Also, any items that cannot be validated against the ADMX schema are preserved in an Unsupported section. Please note that any annotations in ADM files are removed during the conversion process.
Additionally, the ADMX Migrator provides an ADMX editor with a graphical user interface for creating and editing Administrative Templates. You can select settings from menus rather than entering them manually in a text file, speeding template creation and reducing the chance for error.