Copy Group Policies Between Different 2003 Domain Servers

Posted on 2010-01-07
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I am following an older question to copy a few group polices between two 2003 servers on different domains.  (See question link below.)

I have the backup folder on the 2nd server and when I open "Manage Backups" and select the folder location, none of the GPO backups are listed.  Is there some new security setting preventing this?

(I am using GPMC to do this.)
Question by:shrimpfork
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    Expert Comment

    i think you should have a look at the ACL of all backups file in the new folder location....
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    Expert Comment

    Yes, firstly, I would ensure that now the files exist in the 'other' domain, that the account you're using to do this with has some form of permissions to the folder / files... As it came from another domain, the ACL might be all messed up? You may need to just take ownership of the folder, then assign yourself the correct permissions.

    Check that and let us know what you find?


    Author Comment

    I checked the permissions and ownership of the file on the new server.  The folder is actually on the server desktop.  And it took the new server administratior permissions and ownership.  I reasigned the permissions and ownership anyway.  I still can not get them up in the manage backups list.
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    Hmmm... Ok, so try something else: Create an empty GPO, give it the name of a GPO you want to import from the other forest.

    Once the object exists, right-click it, and select 'Import Settings'. Point that to the backup folder, and to the specific corresponding GPO from the other forest.

    Will it let you import their settings directly into a GPO from this backup?
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    Expert Comment

    Oh and sorry - The suggestion originates here:

    The post states: "You can script this operation but there is no way to get around having to
    create the empty GPO first before importing into it. However it does not at
    all have to be a manual process. Check out the canned scripts that ship with
    GPMC, or if you are so inclined, I've created a set of free PowerShell
    cmdlets that wrap GPMC functions, including creating GPOs and importing
    backups with migration tables, here:"

    Author Comment

    It looked like it worked out using the import settings.  Thank you.
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    Expert Comment

    You're welcome! Thanks for the points! :)

    Take care!


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