Cannot Add Office Administrative Templates on Windows Server 2012 R2

You might run into a problem when trying to Add administrative templates in GPO on Windows Server 2012 R2.

After you have downloaded the administrative templates from Microsoft website and tried to add a new template using Add/Remove Templates in GPO you have probably run into a problem.

administrative templates

When browsing the folder with administrative templates you can’t select any template that can be added to the policy.

In order to solve this you have to do the following:

Copy the ADMX files to:
C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions
or if you’re using a Central Store the location should be:
\\%yourdomain.local%\SYSVOL\%yourdomain.local%\Policies\PolicyDefinitions

Now, copy the language files from en-US or other folders, depends on the language you are using to:

C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US
or
\\%yourdomain.local%\SYSVOL\%yourdomain.local%\PolicyDefinitions

Now try to open a new group policy object and in the left pane navigate to:
User Configuration | Policies | Administrative Templates: Policy definitions (ADMX files) retrieved from the central store

You should see the new templates.

administrative templates

Hope this helps!

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