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

Ole Traupe ole.traupe at tu-berlin.de
Mon Jan 25 16:04:09 UTC 2016

On 25.01.2016 14:13, Viktor Trojanovic wrote:
> Hi Ole,
> Unless you want to add functionality that is new since 1511, I don't 
> think that's necessary.

I have already added a Win10 machine to a domain, where only Win7 
clients were joined before that. I have managed this domain from Win7 
only, so far. Therefore I believe that e.g. the Windows Update policy is 
not fit for Win10. Before today there was no central policy store.


> 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.
> Viktor
> 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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