VMware DEM – Upgrade GPO Templates to v. 2212

Release date: January 14th 2023

Welcome to my VMware Dynamic Environment Manager series. In this session I will describe how I upgraded the VMware DEM GPO templates to v. 2212. According to VMware’s official documentation, this should be done as step 12 in the supported update sequence.

I start out by downloading the installation media from VMware Customer Connect

Previously I’ve done this manually, but this time I will be doing the admx-upgrade from my management server, using the PowerShell script below. The workflow of the script is as follows:


  • PowerShell Administrative access to the server running the DEM Management Console
  • Permissions to write to SYSVOL PolicyDefinitions folder
  • Run script in Administrative Powershell session


# Dynamic Environment Manager Admx Upgrade script

$installDir = "C:\Install\"
New-Item -Path $installDir -type directory -Force

$demZip = "<network-path>\VMware-DEM-Enterprise*.zip"
Expand-Archive -Path $demZip -DestinationPath $installDir

$admxSource = Get-Item $installDir\*ADMX*

$admxDestination = '<network-path>\PolicyDefinitions'

Copy-Item -Path $admxSource\* -Destination $admxDestination -Recurse -Force

Remove-Item –path $installDir –Recurse -Force

This concludes my session about upgrading the DEM GPO Templates to v. 2212. I will now proceed with upgrading the DEM Application Profiler, posted here: VMware DEM – Upgrade Application Profiler to v. 2212

VMware DEM – Upgrades

My VMware DEM LAB Set Up

Official VMware Dynamic Environment Manager Documentation

Disclaimer: Every tips/tricks/posting I have published here, is tried and tested in different it-solutions. It is not guaranteed to work everywhere, but is meant as a tip for other users out there. Remember, Google is your friend and don’t be afraid to steal with pride! Feel free to comment below as needed.

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