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Posted on 2009-05-04
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Hi,

How can we copy any Active Directory group ?

I need to do so, so that membership remains the same.

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Question by:Tausif_a_khan
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There is no built-in feature in Active Directory to duplicate a group to create a new group with the same group membership.

You need to create a new group. You can then use two possible approaches to have the members gain membership of both groups:

If this will be a recurring event, and all new users added to one group will need to also be members of the other group, make the existing group a Member of the new group. That way, all members of the original group will automatically inherit the permissions assigned to the new group automatically.

If this is only a one-time event where users need copying between groups and then new users will only be made a member of one group, you need a script to do the copy. This script will do the job: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/resources/qanda/apr05/hey0426.mspx. Simply define the DNs of the old and new groups, and it will do the copy for you to duplicate the group membership.

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Hi,

In addition to the above excellent post, the following link has an excellent guide by Guy Thomas on how to use the CSVDE tool to manipulate AD Objects and Attributes:

http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/Logon/Logon_CSVDE.htm

Good Luck,

- gurutc
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