April 17, 2007

Error with OUTLK12.ADM

The ADM/ADMX templates have been updated and include the fix for the Outlook template. See the download link below to update your templates.

When adding the Outlook 2007 ADM template file, OUTLK12.ADM, to a Group Policy object, you may encounter the following error displayed when you view a settings report in the GPMC:

The .adm file “\\company.local\SysVol\clariti.internal\Policies\{C08857CE-A103-456A-8D3D-0A4F869B8C4A}\Adm\outlk12.adm” is in not in a valid format and must be replaced. Details: A value name is expected before line 2461.

To fix this issue follow these steps:

1. Make a copy of OUTLK12.ADM, e.g. OUTLK12-Fixed.ADM

2. Open OUTLK12-Fixed.ADM in Notepad and go to line 2461 (Edit / Go To..)

3. This line should be in a section that looks like this, starting at line 2459 and ending at 2464:

KEYNAME Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Security
VALUENAME PromoteErrorsAsWarnings
EXPLAIN !!L_PromotingerrorsaswarningsExplain

4. Swap the text on line 2460 with the text on line 2462, so that is now looks like this:

KEYNAME Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Security
VALUENAME PromoteErrorsAsWarnings
EXPLAIN !!L_PromotingerrorsaswarningsExplain

5. Save the template and add it back into your Group Policy object and it should now work.

It’s a little odd that this problem is there right out of the box but I don’t know if anyone else is experiencing this issue. You can get the Office 2007 ADM files from here:

2007 Office System Administrative Templates

This download includes updated Group Policy Administrative Template files and Office Customization Tool OPA files for use with the 2007 Microsoft Office system programs. It also includes an \Admin folder with an updated Office Customization Tool, and ADMX and ADML versions of the 2007 Microsoft Office system Administrative Template files for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. In Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems, the ADM files are replaced by ADMX files, which use an XML-based file format to display registry-based policy settings. This download also includes a workbook (Office2007GroupPolicyAndOCTSettings.xls) that provides information about the 2007 Office system Group Policy settings and OPA settings.

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  • Anatoliy

    Thank you. It fixed my problem. Very well-organized and easy to follow instructions.

  • TimsHands

    Brilliant. Thank you 🙂

  • Aaron Parker

    Thanks for the feedback guys, happy to help out.

  • Morten


    Blogged @

  • Steve

    great stuff! worked a charm!

  • Dave

    Excellent, helped relieve a large headache I had. Worked just like it said on the Tin.

  • Aaron Parker

    Great to hear.

  • Cheers, I owe you a pint 🙂

  • Aaron Parker

    I’m heading to the UK next week, I might take you up on that. 😉

  • Joerg Szepan

    Great job! Thanks!
    No worry: You are not alone with that problem. 😉


  • Darrell

    Excellent Job! I thought it was a problem with adm files conflicting with the new Vista admx files!

  • Thx for that helpful piece of information!

  • Patrick Hu

    Excellent work! Thank you very much!

  • Cristian Diaz

    Muy Bueno!!!! Thanks a lot for that great help….

  • Serge

    Excellent Job!
    Thank a lot!

  • mark

    great – fixed it for me

  • Bret

    Thank you! Worked great!

  • moshe

    Sp1 Administrative Templates fixes these issues.

    thanks for answers 🙂