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How to backup and restore Group Policy links?

Posted on 2009-05-13
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Hello,

I was wondering if it's somehow possible to backup and restore Group Policy links.
I know how to backup the GPOs using GPMC, but I never found out how to backup also the links - sometimes it might be difficult to remember, where the GPO was originally linked, especially when you have complex AD structure.

Thank you in advance.
Martin
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by:a_ro_no
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The links are stored in the AD Database...
So a system state backup and AD restore would make the job.
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by:martin_babarik
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Well that's quite clear, but one of the benefits of using GPMC backup and restore is that you don't need to restart the DC to DSRM mode and you can restore GPOs on th fly.
Also when you have multiple DCs on the network the system state recovery wouldn't help, as I'd need to perform the authoritative restore of the links - and the question is "how?".
I suppose those links are stored in AD as objects, but I'm not able to find them - to identify what exactly to be restored.

Martin
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a_ro_no earned 250 total points
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Every container has an Attribute called gplink.
So if you take an ldifde dump of that attribute I guess you could reimport it later.
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by:martin_babarik
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Yep, it seems that's what I'm looking for.
Thank you very much.
Martin
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