Copy Group Policy

I have a complicated Group Policy already created in our Active Directory, and need to create another nearly identical group with a few changes. How can I make a copy of this policy I already have created, rename it, and set it up so both show up under group policies in Active Directory.

I am using Windows 2000 Server.
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
To back up group policies you need to download and install  the group policy management console
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
You could try manually copying the file from the sysvol\domainname\policies folder but you would need to know the GUID of the policy and you would need to copy the entire folder structure (below the policies folder)

to map policy GUIDs to freindly names you need to use gptool -  In the 2K resource kit is a tool called gptool that will list the GUIDS and friendly names of all the policies to execute it "gpotool /verbose" locate the GUID and it will give you the policy name
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cmushaunAuthor Commented:
Assuming I'm going to use Microsoft GPMC, what steps would I need to follow in order to do this? Thanks for your help so far.
Hi PeteLong,

or an xp client :) install, navigate down to your policy, right click and select backup!

sorry Pete - directed at wrong person
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
>>Assuming I'm going to use Microsoft GPMC

This white paper provides an overview of GPMC and outlines essential functionality necessary to administer Group Policy with the GPMC. Highlights include new functionality such as backup, restore, import, copy, and reporting of Group Policy objects (GPOs). These operations are fully scriptable, which lets administrators customize and automate management in an easy, cost-effective manner.
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Jay_Jay70  LOL no probs (damn QuickPost :)
@PeteLong    lol  its made a mockery of us all!
Hi cmushaun,

- Open up the Properties of the GPO you wish to copy. Note the GUID, something like {31B2F340-016D-11D2-945F-00C04FB984F9}
- Create a new group policy with the desired name.
- Also note the GUID of the new policy you've just created
- browse to \\\SYSVOL\\Policies
- Delete the contents of the NEW GPO (not the one you wish to copy. Du.)
- Copy over the contents of {OLD-GUID} to {NEW-GUID}, usually 3 folders and a GPT.INI file.
- Wait a moment for replication
- Check the contents of your new GPO

Hope this helps.

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