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we have a national firm and we acquired another firm with a different domain. can we replicate our group poilcy settings to the seperate domain? eventually we will form one single domain, but in the mean time, we would like to implement some type of natinal policy for all domains.
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by:Mike Kline
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You won't be able to replicate them but you can export and import policies.
Since they are completely separate you will also want to use migration tables, more on those here:
http://blogs.technet.com/doxley/archive/2008/04/22/group-policy-migration-without-the-headache.aspx
Personally I'd just see if the policies between your company and the new company are that different.  If they are similar I'd just change a few settings and then concentrate and planning the future migration.
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Mike
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You can do something else.

I presume you've already created cross forest or 2-way forest trust between those domains.

You should create a new GPO and make the following change:
Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/Group Policy
Enable the "Allow Cross-Forest User Policy and Roaming User Profiles" setting.

Once policy applies to workstations you should point users from another domain "B" to logon to "your", domain "A".
This way group policy from the domain A would be applied for users in the domain B.

Hopefully this will help, if not I'll try something else :)
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You mentioned your firm acquired another firm means we are here talking about two different Forests.

- Let's take 'Firm A' (your Org) and 'Firm B' is the acquired one.
1. The first thing you can't replicate them but you can Export & import for this you can use GPMC tool.
2. You do Group Policy over Forest Trust. In this case you should have 2 way forest trust between Firm A & B.
3. The "Allow Cross-Forest User Policy and Roaming User Profiles" policy applicable to domain or organizational unit-based Group Policy object (GPO).

How to enable this policy can be found in below article;
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823862
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