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recreate GPO's

win2008 r2 domain and win7 clients.

would like to tidy and recreate some of my GPOs. if a previous policy was set as 'enabled' am I correct thinking if its configured  state is 'disabled' i need to  'disable' this policy rather than make it unconfigured as this would just leave it as 'enabled' on computers that have previously had that policy applied?

is there a simple way to revert all my computers back to default settings so they can apply the new policy from fresh? don't want to image them all.

hope that makes sense!
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Pete
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imkotteesSenior Messaging EngineerCommented:
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footechCommented:
It really depends on the settings configured by your GPOs.  Many group policy settings (true "policies") are removed whenever the GPO no longer applies, but then there are preferences which tattoo their settings, and the setting does not revert when the GPO is gone.  To undo these preferences, you have to set the GPO to reverse the setting it previously made.
Here's a couple links which explain the difference between GP policy, preferences, and GP Preferences.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/grouppolicy/archive/2008/03/04/gp-policy-vs-preference-vs-gp-preferences.aspx
http://www.gpoguy.com/faqs/whitepapers/tabid/63/articletype/articleview/articleid/5/understanding-policy-tattooing.aspx

So, to directly answer your questions:
 - no, you don't always have to reconfigure a GPO to reverse whatever setting it was making.  Often it's enough to just have the setting not applied anymore, which can be done by a few methods, including:  changing the setting to "not configured"; modifying the GPO (not the settings inside the GPO) so that all settings are disabled; disabling or deleting the link between an OU and the GPO; changing the security filtering of the GPO so it is no longer applied.
 - No.  Unless all settings were true policies, in which case simply not applying the GPOs would remove their effects.
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