Network traffic and the ADMX central store

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 21 June 2011 / Last Updated on 17 June 2011]

A tip concerning planning for network traffic when you implement a central store for ADMX template files.

Here's a tip concerning planning for network traffic when you implement a central store for ADMX template files. Unlike ADM template files in earlier versions of Windows, ADMX files are not stored within individual GPOs by default. However, administrators can create a central store of ADMX files for the domain that can then be accessed by any client having permissions to create or edit GPOs. KB 929841 has information on how to implement a central store for your environment.

However, if you do create a central store, you need to be aware of the increased network overhead this store may need to handle. Specifically, the client will read the ADMX and ADML files from the central store every time the Group Policy Management Console is started because GPMC has no mechanism for caching the contents of these files. And RSoP reporting in the GPMC uses the ADMX files in the central store to translate registry values into policy settings, so each time you perform RSoP reporting with the GPMC the central store needs to be accessed as well.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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