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Missing Import/Export functionality from GPMC

Posted on 2010-08-23
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I am trying to import the settings into several blank GPOs from the backup files provided by the admin of another AD domain. I have the GPMC snap-in installed, but when I right-click on my blank GPOs, I have no "Import Settings", "Export", or anything else useful that all the sites I have already Googled say I say I should have. This is an example of simple instructions: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc779123(WS.10).aspx. I fail at step 3 because I have no option to import.

What am I missing? My domain controllers are Server 2003.
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What about "restore from backup.." option ?
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The "import settings" option is only available when viewing the GPOs from the "Group Policy Objects" container within the GPMC. Lastly, do you have rights pertinent rights and its not that the "import settings" is greyed out ?
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by:alan2938
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I am logged in as the domain administrator so perms should not be an issue. If they are, I have a much bigger problem here.

See the screen shot.... these are my only options when I right-click a GPO:
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Its good that you pasted a screenshot. Perhaps you are clicking on the GPO in the left pane as oppose to the right. Expand the GPOs Container and click on a single GPO in the right pane.
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Hm... I get even fewer options in the right pane. Take a look:
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In your last screenshot, you are not even highlighting a GPO but rather an OU. In your left pane there is a container called "Group Policy Objects", click on that. It will expand all the GPOs in the right pane. Choose a GPO and right click on it.
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by:alan2938
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Hm... if you mean "Linked Group Policy Objects" that gives me the same right click options as right clicking on the GPO in the left pane:
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You are still looking at an OU and its linked GPOs, you will not find the GPO import option there.

In your left pane there is a container called "Group Policy Objects", click on that. It will expand all the GPOs in the right pane. Choose a GPO and right click on it.

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Oh snap! Down at the very bottom. I forgot it was down there. Thanks! It's always the simple answers.
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You are welcome.
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