Hi, this is Jeremy Moskowitz from GPanswers.com and today we are going to learn how to create the Central Store. The Central Store's job is to give a one stop shop repository for the files that constitute the ability to create stuff in Group Policy. Let’s see what we are talking about here.
If I were to create a brand new GPO, call this Test 123ABC, it does not really matter for what we are doing here. I click Edit, here I go. All of the magic fairy dust inside of the Group Policy Object here under Policies, Admin Templates, is that there is a lot of settings here. The reason I am seeing these settings is that they are they live, right now on my one machine. The problem is that if I roam from machine to machine I won’t have consistant set of these template files called ADMX files. You have probably heard of ADM files and you can’t put those in the Central Store, you can only put ADMX files in the Central Store. That is what is happening here. In fact if we look we can see it says right here that those files are retrieved from the local machine. What we are going to do is switch it up and tell the GPMC not to get that information anymore locally but rather to get it from the Central Store.
Now the secret sauce here is you have to know where the Central Store lives. It lives on, well all Domain Controllers, you only need to go to one to make this happen. If I go to C:\windows\SYSVOL\sysvol, there we go. So, under C\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol you are going to find the domain name under Policies and here is where the magic happens. We are going to keep this window open here, and then I am also going to go to C:\Windows and I am going to look for a special Directory called Policy Definitions, C:\ Windows\Policy Definitions. There it is! My whole job now is to take this folder and its contents and move it up to, well, right here. So where the Domain Name Policies live, my whole job is to just woops, better not do that, is just take that Directory and cha-ching copy it up here. When I copy it up here something magical happens in the GPMC’s brain. It no longer looks for stuff locally. The very next time we click Edit in that same Group Policy Object those files, the ADMX file, instead of looking locally, it now is looking in the Central Store.
So, there is a lot more to the Central Store, can’t get into all that today, but that is how in fact how you create the Central Store. Thanks so much. I’ll see you soon on GPanswers.com