List of different Group Policy Templates (Updated)

List of different Group Policy Templates (Updated)

Active Directory Group Policy Object (GPO) is one of my core topics. I have a lot to do with it in various projects and as a Microsoft trainer. I have collected some templates and links. This link collection should make your search a little easier. Only templates of the vendors or of the projects are listed here. I have consciously avoided third-party policies.

Do you know another template that’s missing? Please write me a comment or a mail with the link. I then maintain this list.

Note on modifications to Group Policy

Before any changes are made to the GPOs, a backup should be made. If you don’t always want to back up the whole domain controller, or if you are using special software like the AGMT or corresponding data backup solutions, I can help you. In the article “How to back up and document group policies correctly” I present you a PowerShell script from me, with a download link in the Microsoft TechNet Gallery. The GPO Central Store should also be secured. A simple copy of the folder will do.


Windows Clients before Windows 10

Windows 10

Windows Server

Microsoft Office

Other Microsoft administrative templates


For the Acrobat series, Adobe has extensive documentation on group policies and enterprise features. The documentation is available in English. Topics such as UE-V and software distribution are also described. Personally, however, I would advise against distributing Acrobat Reader via GPO, even if Adobe explains it.

I recommend having a look at my article “Unattended installation of software“, where the 2 CMD commands are described, which can result in an Acrobat Reader installation.

Acrobat Reader

Abobe Acrobat


  • Chrome Enterprise – The Chrome Enterprise Package download includes ADMX templates with more than 300 user and device policies.
  • Google Updater – Can be downloaded from the Chrome Enterprise page, but is also part of the package.
  • Chromium Projects -Chromium is the open-source part of chromium. The policies for this also work with Chrome. I would still rather use Chrome Enterprise.

Other Group Policy Templates

  • Mozilla FirefoxFireFox now also has group policies without the need for an additional extension

Further links and comments

Before comments come because of this, yes some of these operating systems are already outside their support lifecycle, but nevertheless they are still partially used in certain environments. For this reason, I also mentioned some “legacy issues”. If you want to get an overview of product lifecycles and Microsoft, I recommend my article “Product lifecycles – The forgotten being”.


Here are further links to the topic Group Policies. These links are in german.


10.07.2019: Reference to updated Office 365 ADMX template

14.02.2020: Reference to updated Office 365 ADMX template, Add Windows 10 1903 & 1909

12.03.2020: Reference to Edge Chromium

12.05.2020: Reference to new versions for Windows 10 1903 anf Office 365, remaks to the renaming of Office 365


30.06.2020: Add Windows 10 2004 and OneDrive

This article first appeared on in German.

This article is a translation of the article “Liste verschiedener Gruppenrichtlinien Vorlagen (Updated)” (Published – 2019-03-19). Links may refer to other articles, these may also be available in English language.

Also it can be, that I still use screenshots of German systems. However, where it is possible for me with little effort, I insert screenshots of English systems.

Fabian Niesen has been working as an IT consultant for years. Here he writes privately and independently of his employer. Among others he is certified as MCSA Windows Server 2008 / 2012, MCSA Office 365, MCSA Windows 10, MCSE Messaging, MCT and Novell Certified Linux Administrator. Since 2016 he is also MCT Regional Lead for Germany. His hobbies are social media, blogging, medieval markets, historical songs and house building.

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