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Policy Template File Editor



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June 23, 2005 1:38 pm

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Tired of making Policy Template Files manually, I went looking for a tool that would help me. After searching on the internet I found only one and rather expensive too. That’s why I decided to make one of my own. I realize that it doesn’t cover 100% of the area as Microsoft intended. But it is sufficient to work with. I left all the exotic options out of the program. So it won’t support conditional statements or support for custom labels.

System requirements
Your machine must meet the following requirements to work efficiently:
– At least 16 MB RAM
– Screen with 800×600 resolution
– Pentium processor 133 Mhz or higher
– At least 10 MB free space on your hard disk

Un-install earlier versions before installing a new version.
If you installed an earlier version of the program you must un-install it first before installing a newer one!

Limitations
– You must have knowledge of building system policy template files.
– The program doesn’t support the following keywords: #ELSE, #ENDIF, #IF, #IFDEF, #IFNDEF, SOFT and VERSION. These keywords are used to create conditional templates. This program doesn’t support it.
– Comments in an existing template are removed. Comments do use space and under windows ‘9x space is limited.
– Original string tables will be deleted and completely rebuild if the option “save strings in string tables” in the “options” menu is checked. All alphanumeric data is sorted and combined.
– Some functions are only available at the NT platform. The are marked with “(NT only)”
– New functions introduced with Windows 2000 in the [strings] section as “new line” and “line break” are not supported.
– New keywords introduced with Windows 2000 like HELP, CLIENTEXT, EXPLAIN and NOSORT are not supported.

Support
You can e-mail the author by clicking on the “Pro Deo Dukties ’86” link on the about screen. New versions and updates can be found on the homepage by clicking on the “Copyright” link on the about screen which will lead you to the website.

Special keys and functions
– AltGr + M can be used to activate menus on the screens this done to enabled people to use their keyboard instead of the mouse. If you want to use the keyboard to drag and drop on the overview window you must install the accessibility features of windows.
– Action lists can be accessed by pressing the edit button. If pressed a list will be presented with all the actions. Actions can be edited by right clicking on the list.
-On the options menu there is a special option with the name “save strings in string table” this is an option you should use with care. If you check this option it will rebuild the string table using its own names! If you don’t want this you shouldn’t use this option. If you use it, it has many advantages; this program will sort all constants, keynames, valuenames and values for you! With the internal text editor you can modify entries to make the whole template a lot smaller (for windows 9x this is important).

Registry Editor Files (.reg)
It is possible to convert a .reg file to a policy template file. The following rules will be followed when converting a .reg file:
– Only settings for “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” and “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” are converted.
– HEX entries will be converted to TEXT parts because binary values are not supported in POLEDIT
– DWORD entries will be converted to NUMERIC parts only when the value is less or equal to 9999
– All others will be converted as EDITTEXT parts
– Each key will result in a CATEGORY
– Each value will result in a POLICY

To convert a .reg file just open it from the file menu.

Other information you can find in the readme.htm file in the application directory.

Enjoy the Policy Template File Editor!!!!!!!!

Downloads:VB Runtime 6SP5 (from Microsoft site) is required to run the Policy Template File Editor.

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