Create an MDM central store so all administrators are using the same set of PP MDM definitions.
PolicyPak MDM Settings Manager Central Store
Hi. In this video, I’m going to show you how to create the PolicyPak MDM Settings Manager Central Store. So if you have any given group policy object here, if you take a look and you look at say PolicyPak, and then click under the MDM Settings Manager, which is right here. What you’ll see is that the policy definitions are retrieved from the Local Store. And what this means is that anywhere you put the admin station bits, the admin console MSI, we install a copy of what’s possible in MDM Settings Manager. So today, this is what’s possible, all this great stuff.
However, that being said, when Microsoft comes out with new definitions of what’s possible, we will update our definitions and then you can put them in the Central Store, thus enabling all administrators to have access to these definitions.
So today, they are in the Local Store. I’m going to show you how to get them over to the Central Store. So what we’ll do is – remember, on the machine that you installed the admin console MSI, this is where the definitions live. They live in program data, PolicyPak, Policy Definitions, MDM Settings Manager. And you’ll see that there’s the definitions file, which is the MDMX file. And then we also have the language specific files. In this video, I have EN-US, but coming soon we’re going to have other definitions for other languages as well.
So what we’re going to do is let’s go ahead and take that information. So if we do a little trick here. So now let’s go ahead and take these two files and we have to copy them to a special location, which is going to be the Central Store location. Now, if you are familiar with how Microsoft Central Store already works, that is going to live in SYSVOL, okay. So it’s under SYSVOL, SYSVOL, Domain Name, Policies.
Now, here you’ll see all the GPOs and you might have a folder called Policy Definitions. And this is all Microsoft stuff. This is all the ADMX files. You may have a folder called PolicyPak and inside PolicyPak you might have the packs for Application Manager, you might have client-side extensions to update. But here, you’re going to create a new folder called MDM and you’re going to copy in the definitions from one machine and copy them in. And now, this domain controller in SYSVOL is replicating to all of your domain controllers. So, exactly the same way how the Microsoft ADMX Policy Definitions Central Store works, that’s exactly how the PolicyPak MDM Central Store is going to work.
So if we edit that same group policy object and click “edit” here, and if we go down to computer-side PolicyPak and click “MDM Settings Manager” now, at this point you can see, boom, that the MDMX settings were retrieved from the Central Store.
You’re not going to see anything different here at this point, but what you are ensuring is that all administrators are using the centrally located definition file. So that way, when you update them, all the administrators using the PolicyPak MDM Settings Manager will use the exact same settings.
Hope this is helpful and looking forward to getting you on board soon. Thanks.