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report on group policy by date on Windows 2003 Server

Posted on 2011-03-01
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Long story but I was fired and re-hired by a client.  The company that took my place made a bunch of group policy changes between 4/1/10 and 8/1/10 on the server/domain.  I have run into my 3rd instance where a policy change has caused issues with being able to administrate the network.  I am very lite on Group Policy and use it very little.

I would like to do a query on all policies created or modified between the dates but do not know how to accomplish this.  Anyone have the magic answer?
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Question by:Jon Conant
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by:tl121000
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For starters you can go into gpmc.msc and navigate to the GPO OBJECTS  container - The objects will be listed in the right window pane and a modification date will be listed.

We can then look at the setting tab and collapse (show all enabled policies) - anything look pecular.

In the meantime, I will find a more grnaualr solution
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by:tl121000
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I my opinion you should always backup GPOs offsite or to media as well.

GPO OBJECTS containter - right click GPO and choose backup.
If you ever needed to you can restore as well.
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Just as I expected - to get more granular and see what actual policy was changed you would need a 3rd party tool.


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by:Jon Conant
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Thank you.  Not the answer I wanted but helps me stop the searching and let's me go back to reverse engineering each issue where it appears that a GP change is blocking what I am trying to do.  Thank you for refering to backing the thing up.  I will do that I worry what trouble I can get into with "thinking" that I am modifying the correct policy.
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by:tl121000
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Thanks - did you look at the first post?  At least you can see what  and when a GPO was modified during your sabbatical :)
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by:Jon Conant
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i did and didn't see anything in particular.  There was a folder redirection for a user that showed a date that was during that time frame but nothing else.  I don't think there are many more surprises awaiting but that list would have been helpful to refer to.
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