The majority of custom settings can be enforced via the policies in the Active Directory administrative template, and new settings are added on an ongoing basis. The most important difference between setting a policy via an Active Directory administrative template and pushing settings using registry keys is that policy-based settings always take precedence over pushed registry keys (as well as settings imported via a settings file). Users cannot change policy-based settings.
The PDF-XChange Active Directory administrative templates are applied in the same manner as any other Active Directory administrative template - i.e. the template files must be placed in the appropriate machine-local or domain-based GPO. The PDF-XChange products use (.admx) and (.adml) template files in conjunction with Windows Vista/Server 2008 and later. Further information on managing (.admx) files, including step-by-step instructions, is available here.
The PDF-XChange Active Directory administrative templates policies are available locally through the Local Group Policy Editor:
Figure 1. Local Group Policy Editor, PDF-Tools Administrative Template Policies
If you want to make the PDF-XChange Active Directory administrative template Group Policies available on a single computer via the Local Group Policy Editor, then place the files in the following locations on the target PC:
.admx language neutral file (.admx): %systemroot%\policyDefinitions
.admx language specific file (.adml): %systemroot%\policyDefinitions\[MUIculture] (for example, the U.S. English .admx language specific file will be stored in:
If you want to make the PDF-XChange administrative templates available across a domain then they must be placed in the domain controller's central store:
Figure 2. Group Policy Management Editor, Administrator's Central Store
Place the template files in the following locations on your domain controller in order to do this:
.admx language neutral (.admx): %systemroot%\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions
.admx language specific (.adml): %systemroot%\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions\[MUIculture] (for example, the U.S. English .admx language-specific file will be stored in:
Further information on how to set up a domain controller to use the PDF-XChange Active Directory administrative templates is available here.