How Can I Reset Local Group Policy on W2K Server

Posted on 2004-10-29
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
I want to reset / restore the local GPO policy on W2K Server to the default settings.  

How can I do this?
Question by:davemiles
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    take a full system backup and create an ERD.

    you can reset the follwing items using the SECEDIT utility

     Local policy and domain policy for the system, including account policies, audit policies, and other policies.

    Restricted group settings for any groups that are specified in the security template

    User logon rights and granting of privileges.

    Security on local registry keys.

    Security on local file storage.

    Security for all defined services.

    To reset the operating system back to the install defaults:

    1. Open a CMD prompt.

    2. Type:

    secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\repair\secsetup.inf /db secsetup.sdb /verbose

    3. If you receive a warning message, it can be ignored. See the %windir%\Security\Logs\Scesrv.log file.

    The Secedit switches are:

    configure Required to set system security.
    /DB:The security database, or if none exists, the /CFG switch must specify a security template. This switch is a required.
    /CFG:The path to the security template used to create the database.
    /overwrite:Used with the /CFG switch to prevent the template from being appended to the database template.
    /Area:From the Area table, above. If no Area is specified, all Areas are used.
    /log:The path to a different log files that you would prefer to use.
    /verbose:Report and log detailed information.
    /quiet:Report and log minimal information.

    hope this helps


    Paul Knight
    Network Consultant
    MCSE 2000/2003, CCNA, CompTIA Secutiy +, linux +

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