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Windows 2008 R2 export GPO to text - import to another server

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I have exported the GPO's on a 2008 RDS to a text file. Is there any way I can import that text file - native or third party - into another AD?
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by:Mike Kline
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Do you have a backup of it?  The way to export/import is to back it up and restore it

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc759276(WS.10).aspx

good video from a 2008 box   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K71BzJ1wIm8

Thanks

Mike
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by:Sandeshdubey
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Totally possible.
Here's the general steps..
In the source domain:
() Perform a backup.
() Copy the backup (plus the hidden MANIFEST.XML file) to a floppy, USB flash disk, etc.

In the target domain:
() Create a new (blank) GPO
() Right-click on the GPO and select IMPORT
And point it toward the backup!

Reference link:
1.http://www.scriptlogic.com/smbit/article/enable-backup-and-restore-for-group-policy
2.http://allcomputers.us/windows_server/windows-server-2008-r2---gpo-administrative-tasks-(part----backing-up-and-restoring-domain-gpos.aspx
3.http://www.frickelsoft.net/blog/?p=42
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by:lineonecorp
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Please note that I have a text file backup. None of the above seems to be related to working with a text output file for restore. Or have I not read closely enough?
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Some data in a GPO is domain-specific and might not be valid if copied directly to another domain, GPMC introduces migration tables. Migration tables are stored with the file name extension .migtable, and are actually XML files.Refer this link for more details:http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781458(WS.10).aspx

Also check this links:
http://serverfault.com/questions/45211/how-can-i-export-all-group-policies-to-a-easily-parseable-format
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by:lineonecorp
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I will check into your answers and ask a related question if I have a problem.
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