Template Commands

The Templates tab:

  • Displays a list of available templates that you can use to create new Group Policy Objects (GPOs).

  • Provides a shortcut menu with commands for creating a GPO based on a selected template, managing templates, and displaying reports for templates.

  • Displays a list of the groups and users who have permission to access a selected template.

Because a template cannot be altered, templates have no history. However, like any GPO version, the settings of a template can be displayed with a settings report or compared to another GPO with a difference report.

A template is an uneditable, static version of a GPO for use as a starting point for creating new, editable GPOs.

Right-clicking the Group Policy Objects list on this tab displays a shortcut menu, including whichever of the following options are applicable.


Command Effect

New Controlled GPO

Create a new GPO based on the selected template. The option to deploy the new GPO to the production environment of the domain is provided. If you do not have permission to create a GPO, you will be prompted to submit a request. (This option is displayed if no GPO is selected when right-clicking in the Group Policy Objects list.)


Command Effect


Generate an HTML-based or XML-based report displaying the settings within the selected GPO.


Generate an HTML-based or XML-based report comparing the settings within two selected GPO templates.

Template management

Command Effect

Set as Default

Set the selected template as the default to be used automatically when creating a new GPO.


Move the selected template to the Recycle Bin. If you do not have permission to delete a GPO, you will be prompted to submit a request.


Change the name of the selected template.


Command Effect


Update the display of the Group Policy Management Console to incorporate any changes. Some changes are not visible until the display is refreshed.


Display help for Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM).

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