how to export a GPO to a .cab file in a 2008 R2 domain

Hey dudes, am i doing something daft here. I have created 2 starter GPOs and want to export them to a .cab file. But when i right click the GPO i don't see the export command. All i get is the backup option which doesn't allow me the file format that i want to save it in ie, .cab format.

Is there a setting that i am missing here?

Many thanks

Jason
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Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
-In the Group Policy Management Console tree, click Change Control in the forest and domain in which you want to manage GPOs.
-On the Contents tab, click the Controlled tab to display the controlled GPOs.
-Right-click the GPO, and then click Export to.
-Enter a file name for the file to which you want to export the GPO, and then click Export. If the file does not exist, it is created. If it already exists, it is replaced.

A user account with the Editor or AGPM Administrator (Full Control) role or necessary permissions in Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) is required.
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Jason ThomasAuthor Commented:
Hi, I have selected my domain but i don't see the contents tab?
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Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
Did you go into Change Control?

See if this image helps...

Change Control
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Jason ThomasAuthor Commented:
oh boy, i know i am being dumb here but i don't see anything that says "change control" dude? I have had a look online too and at your picture but when i look at my console the node "change control" just isn't there?
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Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
Haven't run into that before...

Are you using an Admin account?  Local, Domain or otherwise?
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Jason ThomasAuthor Commented:
Yep, using the domain admin account. Have a look at picture and you'll see i;m not going mad. This is why i thought that maybe i had to do something in order to see it.
GPO.gif
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Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
Well, that does help actually.  You need Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) which is part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).
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Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
So, if you are looking to export for the objective of importing later, just use the Backup feature.  You can also do this with PowerShell:

Backup-GPO [-Name] <string> -Path <string> [-Comment <string>] [-Domain <string>] [-Server <string>] [<CommonParameters>]

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and then import:

Import-GPO -BackupId <Guid> [-TargetGuid <Guid>] [-TargetName <string>] -Domain <string> [-CreateIfNeeded] [-MigrationTable <string>] [-Path <string>] [-Server <string>] [<CommonParameters>]

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Jason ThomasAuthor Commented:
Thanks dude. I will install the MDOP tomorrow and report back. Thank you for your help on this.
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Steven HarrisPresidentCommented:
Not a problem.  Let us know if you have any other issues or concerns.
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Jason ThomasAuthor Commented:
sorry for the late feedback. Thank you
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