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6 Appendix A: Product Behavior

The information in this specification is applicable to the following Microsoft products or supplemental software. References to product versions include released service packs:

  • Windows NT operating system

  • Windows 2000 operating system

  • Windows XP operating system

  • Windows Server 2003 operating system

  • Windows Vista operating system

  • Windows Server 2008 operating system

  • Windows 7 operating system

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system

  • Windows 8 operating system

  • Windows Server 2012 operating system

  • Windows 8.1 operating system

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system

Exceptions, if any, are noted below. If a service pack or Quick Fix Engineering (QFE) number appears with the product version, behavior changed in that service pack or QFE. The new behavior also applies to subsequent service packs of the product unless otherwise specified. If a product edition appears with the product version, behavior is different in that product edition.

Unless otherwise specified, any statement of optional behavior in this specification that is prescribed using the terms SHOULD or SHOULD NOT implies product behavior in accordance with the SHOULD or SHOULD NOT prescription. Unless otherwise specified, the term MAY implies that the product does not follow the prescription.

<1> Section 1.9: The Tool Extension GUID value of {0F6B957E-509E-11D1-A7CC-0000F87571E3} and {0F6B957D-509E-11D1-A7CC-0000F87571E3} for User and Computer respectively are written to the GPO by the Administrative Plug-In tools that is part of the following versions of Windows:

Windows 2000

Windows XP

Windows Server 2003

Windows Vista

<2> Section 1.9: When a GPO is modified, the Tool Extension GUID value of {D02B1F73-3407-48AE-BA88-E8213C6761F1} and {D02B1F72-3407-48AE-BA88-E8213C6761F1} for User and Computer respectively are written to the GPO by the Administrative Plug-In tools that is part of the following versions of Windows:

  • Windows Server 2008

  • Windows 7

  • Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Windows 8

  • Windows Server 2012

  • Windows 8.1

  • Windows Server 2012 R2

<3> Section 2.2.1: Windows systems can only interpret substrings of the string data of type 0x02 as a system environment variable if those substrings are enclosed by two "%" characters. This does not affect how the data is stored in the local registry by the protocol; but applications on the client that query for this data from the local registry attempt to resolve the environment variables for data of this type to correctly enforce the behavior of the policy setting represented by the value.

<4> Section 2.2.2.1.1: The supported ADM version value for policy administration plug-ins shipped with Windows is as follows:

  • Windows 95: Version value of 1.

  • Windows NT Server 4.0: Version values in the range of 1 to 2.

  • Windows 2000: Version values in the range of 1 to 3.

  • Windows XP: Version values in the range of 1 to 4.

  • Windows XP SP1 and later, Windows Server 2003 and later: Version values in the range of 1 to 5.

<5> Section 2.2.2.2: ADM files are supported in Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2. ADMX files are supported by Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

<6> Section 2.2.3: CMTX and CMTL files are supported by Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

<7> Section 3.1.5.1: Windows Policy Administration tools store the policy description messages in the GPO. This enables administrators on other computers using similar tools to administer the GPO without having the Policy Description Messages available on the other computers. The administrative tools can use the Policy Description Messages in the GPO.

<8> Section 3.1.5.1: Windows administrative tools that use this protocol update the GPO with a locally cached version of ADM files as described previously if the time stamp on the locally cached version is greater than the version in the GPO or does not exist.

<9> Section 3.1.5.2: No Windows administrative plug-in (in any currently released versions of Windows OS) supports any kind of update to the ADMX files. However, the steps 1-4 mentioned in this section are supported in Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

<10> Section 3.2.5.1.2: Windows ignores errors writing to the local database and continues to the registry protocol sequence even when such failures occur.

 
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