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Configure OneDrive administrative template files (ADMX/ADML)

How to download OneDrive template files (ADMX/ADML)? You want to ensure that all the OneDrive settings are identical on every machine, so you want to configure and manage the OneDrive settings within GPOs. But the OneDrive ADMX/ADML files are missing from the Office administrative template files. In this article, you will learn how to download and configure OneDrive administrative template files.

Download OneDrive administrative template files

The OneDrive ADMX/ADML is missing from the Administrative Template files for Microsoft 365/Microsoft Office. The only way to get up-to-date OneDrive ADMX/ADML files is to download and install the latest OneDrive app on a machine. After that, go to the OneDrive installation folder and copy the below files to the PolicyDefinitions folder:

  1. OneDrive.adml
  2. OneDrive.admx

Note: There are no OneDrive administrative template files (ADMX/ADML) that you can download from Microsoft, and they are unavailable in the Administrative Template files for Microsoft 365/Microsoft Office.

Do you have a Central Store for Group Policy Administrative Templates? Place the OneDrive ADMX/ADML files in there. In our example, we only have one domain controller running, and we will place the Administrative Templates in the local store of the Domain Controller.

Note: We recommend having at least two domain controllers running in an organization for High Availability. A central store will make it easier because you don’t have to place the files in both domain controllers. It will load the administrative templates from the central store.

Let’s look at the steps to download, install, and manage OneDrive GPOs.

Download OneDrive app

Suppose you already have the OneDrive app installed on a machine; you can skip this step.

Download OneDrive (Microsoft).

Configure OneDrive administrative template files download

Install OneDrive app

Suppose you already have the OneDrive app installed on a machine; you can skip this step.

Install the OneDrive app on the machine and go to Program and Features to verify it’s installed successfully.

Configure OneDrive administrative template files programs and features

Find OneDrive ADMX/ADML files

On the machine where you did install the OneDrive app, start File Explorer and go to one of the below paths:

OneDrive per-user installation:

%localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\Build Number\adm\

OneDrive all users 32-bit (x86) installation:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft OneDrive\Build Number\adm

OneDrive all users 64-bit (x64) installation:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft OneDrive\Build Number\adm

In our example, it’s the installation path OneDrive all users 64-bit (x64), and the OneDrive build number is 22.227.1030.0001.

Configure OneDrive administrative template files adm files path

Copy OneDrive ADMX file to Windows PolicyDefinitions folder

Copy the OneDrive.admx file to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions.

Note: The ADMX file defines the Group Policy settings.

Note: Overwrite the files to have the latest OneDrive app policy settings.

Configure OneDrive administrative template files onedrive.admx

Copy OneDrive ADML file to Windows PolicyDefinitions language folder

Copy the OneDrive.adml file to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US.

Note: The ADML file contains the language to be used with the ADMX file.

Note: Overwrite the files to have the latest OneDrive app policy language settings.

Configure OneDrive administrative template files onedrive.adml

In the next step, we will verify that we did install OneDrive Administrative Templates correctly.

Verify Administrative Template files in Group Policy Management Editor

It’s always good to verify that the OneDrive Administrative Templates installation went successful. Start Group Policy Management. Right-click the Default Domain Policy and click Edit.

Configure OneDrive administrative template files edit Default Domain Policy

Expand the below folders to verify the OneDrive GPO settings that you can configure:

Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > OneDrive

OneDrive computer configuration

User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > OneDrive

OneDrive user configuration

We did successfully install Group Policy Administrative Template files for OneDrive app and are ready to configure the OneDrive GPOs in the organization.

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Conclusion

You learned how to configure Administrative Template files for OneDrive app. First, install OneDrive app on a machine. After that, copy ADMX and ADML Administrative Template files to the local or central store PolicyDefinitions folder. As of last, verify the OneDrive Administrative Templates in Group Policy Management Editor.

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ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN is a passionate IT Architect, IT Consultant, and Microsoft Certified Trainer. He started Information Technology at a very young age, and his goal is to teach and inspire others. Read more »

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