But where do all these magical settings within Administrative Templates come from?When new applications are "born," there are some settings you can potentially manipulate. They describe the areas of the application that are ready to accept settings defined by an administrator.

So how do all those in-the-box policy settings for Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates and User Configuration | Administrative Templates get there in the first place?

If you right-click the words "Administrative Templates" in the GPOE and select "Add/Remove Templates" on either the User or Computer side, you'll see the default templates that make up the standard configuration in Figure 1. Use them to pack some knowledge into your definition file and control your target application. Specifically, the files cannot perform the following: To overcome these limitations, Microsoft and some third parties have solutions to assist you.

I originally housed this template file in my c:\temp directory.

This ADM template allows us to squelch the "Do you want to add your passport?

Group Policy Preferences are fully integrated with the Group Policy Management Console and Advanced Group Policy Management in Windows Server 2008. Just right-click the words "Administrative Templates" and then click "Add," as shown in Figure 1, to add in the template.

By default, Windows looks for templates in the \Windows\inf directory, but there's no reason you can't store them wherever you'd like.

Here's something you may not be aware of: once the ADM template is added from the original storage point, that ADM template also gets added to the contents of the Group Policy Object (GPO) itself.

For instance, for this article I went to and downloaded

The GPOE puts up a little safety gate before it allows you to see these settings because the settings that don't write to these four proper Policies keys will tattoo the Registry.

So, even if you whack the GPO, there's no way the setting will revert back.

You can see these have been added to the list of default templates in the "Add/Remove Templates" window.