A. Windows NT 4.0 group policies were all .adm file based and even the new Windows 2000 Group Policy has a large Administrative Template area that still uses .adm files. Stefan Furtmayr has compiled this great list of useful .adm files:

Internet Explorer:

- install the Administration Kit (http://www.eu.microsoft.com/windows/ieak/)

- start IE download (completing is not necessary!)

- "C:\Program Files\IEAK5_5\policies" -> axaa.adm, conf.adm, inetcorp.adm, inetres.adm, inetset.adm, oe.adm, sp1shell.adm, subs.adm, wmp.adm

Office XP:

Office XP Resource Kit / Maintenance / Using System Policies: http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/xp/two/admb01.htm

Office XP Resource Kit / Toolbox / Tools: http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/xp/appndx/appa18.htm

Office 2000:

Included in the Resource Kit

(http://www.eu.microsoft.com/office/ork/2000/download/ORKTools.exe):

ACCESS9.ADM, CLIPGAL5.ADM, EXCEL9.ADM, FRONTPG4.ADM, INSTLR1.ADM, OFFICE9.ADM, OUTLK9.ADM, PPOINT9.ADM, PUB9.ADM, WORD9.ADM -> gets installed in "C:\Winnt\Inf"

Microsoft Office 2000 Resource Kit Toolbox: http://www.eu.microsoft.com/office/ork/2000/appndx/toolbox.htm

Office Resource Kit Readme file: http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/2000/download/Readme.doc

Office 97:

Included in http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/download/SetupPol.exe:

Access97.adm, (Common.adm), Off97nt4.adm, Off97w95.adm, Outlk97.adm, Query97.adm, TypeLib.adm, (Windows.adm, Winnt.adm)

Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit Tools and Utilities http://www.eu.microsoft.com/office/ork/appa/appa.htm

OFF97: Controlling Where Office Stores Documents and Templates http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q10/1/27.asp

Using Windows System Policies to Administer MS Office 97 http://www.microsoft.com/technet/office/TechNote/offsys.asp

Microsoft Office 97/98 Resource Kit http://www.eu.microsoft.com/office/ork/007/007.htm

Netmeeting:

Included in Resource Kit

(http://www.microsoft.com/windows/NetMeeting/Corp/reskit/): conf.adm -> not needed because also included in Internet Explorer Resource Kit

Window 95/98: on CD as admin.adm

The version of Poledit in that directory can only load one policy template, so use the one from an extracted Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack (run "sp6i386.exe /x").

Windows NT 4.0:

common.adm, winnt.adm (C:\Winnt\Inf)

Implementing Profiles and Policies for Windows NT 4.0: http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/techresources/management/prof_policies.asp

Windows 2000:

Group Policy: http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/samplechapters/dsec/dsec_pol_zbgy.asp

Location of ADM (Administrative Template) Files in Windows 2000: http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q228/4/60.ASP

Q. How can I add additional templates to a Group Policy Object? http://www.windows2000faq.com/Articles/Index.cfm?ArticleID=13801

Outlook 98:

Included in Outlook 98 Deployment Kit

(http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/odk.htm):

- OUT98PRF.ADM, OUTLK98.ADM

- (CONF.ADM, INETRES.ADM, INETSET.ADM, SHELL.ADM, SUBS.ADM) -> only for IE 4

HOWTO: How to Set a Screen Saver Through a System Policy: http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q195/6/55.ASP

Another useful template: http://www.i386.com/Default.asp?page=docs/admin-poli386.htm (Internet Explorer Proxy Settings / Homepage, Command line Tab Completion and a few other things)

Links for other resources about policy templates: