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Apply an existing  group policy to a different OU

Posted on 2007-11-29
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In the AD I have an OU for Students and on e for Staff . The Students OU has several GPs on it. I want to use one of these policies tfor the staff OU. Is there any way i can copy that policy and apply it to the Staff OU rather than re-creating the whole policy from scratch?

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by:merowinger
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download the group policy management console..it very easy with it to link policies!
See at picture: http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/images/W2K3/GPol_GPMC.jpg
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by:olchs
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Thank you.
 This solution though creates a link to the original policy and if i need to slightly modify one the other will be affected too.  
Do you know if there is a way i can make some changes on the policy that applies to the Staff OU without affecting the policy that applies on the Student OU? Essentially i want to copy the Student  policy and have two indepnadant policies that i can modify without affecting each other.
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by:merowinger
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to handle this u need two different policies!
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by:olchs
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can i copy it instead of recreating from scratch? you see it conatins loads of settings
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by:merowinger
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with the group policy management console u can copy it yes...it askes u if u want the copy the permissions, too
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by:olchs
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I have the group policy management console. How exactly do i copy? i can't find it
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merowinger earned 500 total points
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http://www.petri.co.il/images/gpmc.gif
as u can see in picture go to "Group Policy Objects" on the right side -> Expand

Then rightclick your policy -> Copy
Then rightclick on the "Group Policy Objects" folder and then -> Paste

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by:olchs
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It does copy but when i paste it, it doesn't create a duplicate policy. It does nothing.  Did it work for you?

Also when i try to paste it into the Staff container  (instead of pasting it in Group Policy Objects) it asks me this: "Do you want to link the GPOs that you have selected to this organizational unit?" and if i choose ok it creates a link. If i choose cancel nothing happens.
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by:merowinger
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it has to work...may be then name of the copy is:

Copy Of ....PolicyName
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