Microsoft will license FullArmor's ADMX Migrator tool, which converts existing group policy templates into the new format supported by Windows Vista.

In previous versions of Windows, administrative templates were written in ADM format. Vista's new group policy format for administrative templates is written in XML, hence the new name ADMX. The ADMX Migrator tool automates the conversion from ADM to ADMX and is a snap-in to the Microsoft Management Console (MMC).

"Manually recreating ADM templates in the new ADMX format is a long, tedious, and costly process," said Danny Kim, CTO for FullArmor. "ADMX Migrator automates the ADM conversion process so organizations that deploy Windows Vista can apply the benefits of the ADMX schema to the Group Policy settings they have worked so hard to define and implement under Windows 2000 and Windows XP."

The ADMX Migrator tool will become available as a free download from Microsoft beginning November 20. The tool will become available for free from FullArmor sometime November 14.