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Transfering Group Policy Settings to a Test Environment

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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We are building a test environment for some development work.  I want to have a complete environment, so I need to transfer all of my group policy settings.  Is there a way to export the GPOs from one domain to another, or will I need to manually create each GPO?

I am in an all Server 2003 environment.
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There are scripts in the Program Files\GPMC\Scripts directory that can be run to allow you to export all of your GPOs to a directory. Then others that can be used to import GPOs as well.

Look for a script called "BackupAllGPOs" to back them up, and then another called "ImportAllGPOs".

Keep in mind though that security filtering for GPOs is done based on the SID of the object that it applies to, and because your SIDs will be different between the domains, you will likely have to reconfigure your security filters.

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In addition to the scripts you can use migration tables to help you out.  More on migration tables here

One more thing... in GPMC you can right-click the "Group Policy Objects" folder and select "Manage Backups" where it gives you a GUI interface to backup and restore GPOs.

The backups go to a folder on your drive. Then you can import again when connected to a different domain.
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