Migrating from 2003 to 2003 Group Policies


Thank you for your time and attention to my question. Yoru expertise and any input on this is much appreciated and valued.

I will be performing a MS Server 2003 to MS Server 2008.

I ok w/ executing all the addprep functions.
Configuring DNS role on new server.
Running dcpromo
Transfering FSMO roles
Configuring DHCP server
Printer, File sever ect.....

The 2003 server has a few group polices configured.
Such as folder redirect, Disable Firewall amongst a few.

At which point do the GPO's get transffered?
Can will want to configure a few more GPO's, when is the best time to do that?

~Thank you again.

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SandeshdubeySenior Server EngineerCommented:
Once you promote the server ad DC GPO will be replicated by default to new DC,there is no manual intervetion required.However ensure that in sysvol folder policies and script folder is replicated.If this folder are missing then GPO will not work.

Some time it happens that when new DC is promoted sysvol is not replicated in this case you just need to perfrom authorative and non authorative restore of syvol to fix the issue.

Hope this helps
djsharmaTechnical ConsultantCommented:
When you reboot your 2008 machine it will transfer your GPO's. If you want to confirm it select NO to reboot option after running dcpromo command and check the Sysvol folder
Mike KlineCommented:
Check sysvol as already stated and also check the policies folder in AD Users and computers (group policy lives in both places)

Group policy objects should have replicated when AD replicated.


Life1430Sr EngineerCommented:
Sysvol must replicate during initial replication with 2003 DC and you should get all the existing Group policies from 2K3 DC

ADPREP /forestprep must be run on the Schema Master of a forest and under the credentials of someone in the Schema Admins and Enterprise Admins groups.

ADPREP /domainprep must be run on the Infrastructure Master of a domain and under the credentials of someone in the Domain Admins group.

Refer More on for Adprep

Overview of Upgrading Active Directory Domains

Planning to Upgrade Active Directory Domains

Completing the Upgrade of Active Directory Domains

Background Information for Upgrading Active Directory Domains
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