Export/import group policy


I am in the process of building a win2k server as a domain controller. As it is in development i want to be able to backup/export the group policy settings so that when i blank and rebuild the server i can import all the group policy settings rather than having to reset them all individually.
or maybe i just want to export and import the whole active directory. is this possible?

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you can import and export the group policy settings,  its not that big a deal.  

open the group policy management snapin,
just right click on the group policy object, and click on "back up"  follow the dialogs

I recomment saving it into a new folder, and then you can move the whole folder off of the original server

once you have built the new server and have rebuilt your active directory, you create a new group policy object, and then right click on it, and  "import settings"

then double check your delegation etc...


mwoolgerAuthor Commented:

well i would but the only options available are view,export list (which isnt what i want), properties and help.

[this is by going start->programs->administrative tools->Active Directory Users and Computers, right clicking the domain and selecting properties. going to group policy tab, highlighting the policy and clicking edit, then right clicking the root of the policy on left side of the screen]

I think you want to start in the group policy management tool...

start/programs/admin tools/group policy management.

then on the left. close to the bottom of the list  is a folder looking icon, titled "Group Policy Objects"

when you open this up,  you should see every group policy object in the domain.  

you should also be able to back up the policy from here..

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mwoolgerAuthor Commented:
this is windows 2000 so it doesnt have the gorup policy management tool.

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GPMC can be used to manage Windows Server 2003 as well as Windows 2000-based Group Policy implementations.
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