[Samba] Windows 10 administrative templates /central store with Samba

Viktor Trojanovic viktor at troja.ch
Mon Jan 25 13:13:58 UTC 2016

Hi Ole,

Unless you want to add functionality that is new since 1511, I don't 
think that's necessary.

The main benefit you have with the central store is that you now *can 
edit* GPOs with Win10-only-rules also on non-Win10-computers. It does 
not, however, affect how the client implements the GPO.


On 25.01.2016 12:36, Ole Traupe wrote:
> Viktor, thanks again!
> Now that I did this (added the Win10 1511 ADMX files to the central 
> store), I probably will have to recreate the policies that will be 
> applied to Win10 machines, right?
> Ole
> On 21.01.2016 17:16, Viktor Trojanovic wrote:
>> Hi Ole,
>> I've been using Samba with Win10 clients for a while now, so I'm 
>> happy to share some of my findings.
>> See comments inline.
>> On 21.01.2016 15:39, Ole Traupe wrote:
>>> Hi list,
>>> This might or might not be a Samba related post. Feel free to ignore 
>>> it in case it is too far off-topic
>>> My current understanding is that ...
>>> a) I need those new templates in order to fully integrate Win10 
>>> clients in an AD domain (i.e. with compatible policies).
>> As long as you have your RSAT installed on a Win10 machine, you 
>> actually don't need to install the templates to the sysvol store. The 
>> purpose of the template store is that multiple admins working from 
>> various machines with different versions of windows can always access 
>> all capabilities.
>>> b) I can only modify policies based on Win10 admx files from Win10 
>>> machines (i.e. with the RSAT tools for Win10).
>> See above. The purpose of installing the ADMX to the central store is 
>> that you can modify policies for Win10 also from a Win7 machine.
>>> Are there any Samba-related implications or issues on doing that, 
>>> particularly if I follow the MS advice to store those admx files in 
>>> a central store in the SYSVOL (\PolicyDefinitions) folder?
>> I did that, and have no issues.
>>> Also, are there any implications for existing domains with e.g. Win7 
>>> clients? Is it advised to keep Win7 and Win10 in separate containers?
>> No, there should be no issues. The only thing you have to remember is 
>> that settings which are specific to Win10 will obviously not have any 
>> effect on Win7 machines.
>>> I remember that somebody here reported issues with his/her existing 
>>> Samba domain after having used the RSAT tools for Win10. But I am 
>>> not able to find this post again. Does somebody remember or is able 
>>> to tell how to avoid such (or other) trouble?
>> No issues. I did report a few but eventually found out they were not 
>> related to the RSAT, or to Samba.
>>> Also, Viktor Trojanovic and Robert Watson reported the same error 
>>> message on administering a domain from Win10 with RSAT in the midst 
>>> of November. Have you been able to understand/solve it?
>>> "Group Policy Management: A processing error occured collecting data 
>>> using this base domain controller. Please change the base domain 
>>> controller and try again."
>> You'll get that error message when you click on the domain in the 
>> forest shown in RSAT. You can simply ignore it, it's not an actual 
>> issue.
>>> Ole
>> Viktor

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