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supportedOn Element (policy)

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

The supportedOn element provides a mapping of products to policy setting definitions.

<supportedOn ref="<placeholderNamespace>:<placeholderLogicalName>" />


Attributes Required Description

ref Attribute



References a previously defined category.

There are no child elements associated with this element.

Group Policy provides a enterprise management of Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP as well as applications that run on the Windows platform. The enterprise will typically include multiple versions of operating systems and other applications. In order to administrate for these different versions, the Group Policy settings cannot be deprecated when a policy setting no longer applies to the current version of an operating system or application. Instead of removing Group Policy settings that apply only to earlier operating systems or applications, the Group Policy setting remains in the ADMX files, and the supportedOn element is used to specify what operating system or application version is affected by an individual Group Policy setting.

The supportedOn element is an optional element. There can be a maximum of one supportedOn element defined for a single Group Policy setting.

This XML fragment is an example of a supportedOn element referencing a product defined in the same .admx file.

      <supportedOn ref="SUPPORTED_ProductOnly" />

This XML fragment is an example of a supportedOn element referencing a product defined in the Windows base file, windows.admx.

      <supportedOn ref="windows:SUPPORTED_WindowsVista" />

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