One of the changes Microsoft made to address this is that now all
service packs for any OS contain updates ADM files for all OS's. So a XP
SP2 system containes updated ADM files including ones for Windows Server
2003 and vice versa.
One caveat is that if there were any custom ADM files deployed as part
of any GPO's those would be lost. But I don't think there are any custom
ADM files since they are pretty tricky to write.
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Subject: Re: [ACTIVEDIR-L] Sysvol .ADM file bloat...
Looks fine by me. I can't foresee a complication as long as we all
maintain up to date ADM files on our administrative GPO editing
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>>> "Kanofsky, Mike L." <[log in to unmask]> 6/13/2005 11:27 >>>
Now that I'm back from TechEd I'm going to try and and implement some of
the new things I learned. One of the sessions I attended (MGT380 --
slide decks aren't available at the moment) discussed Group Policy
Application and Usage. One of the key issues we have run into has been
"sysvol bloat" which refers to the duplication of ADM files in all of
the GPO Templates. The net result is that there are 933 megs of ADM
files that are all basically the same. So out of 977 megs of GPOs 933
megs are duplicated over and over again.
There is a knowledge base article that discusses this problem:
I'd like all of the departmental admins that manage GPOs to read through
this article. My plan is to implement the recommendations which would
make the sysvol directory about 30-40 megs versus 977 megs.
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