GPO question

Posted on 2014-07-16
Last Modified: 2014-07-16
If I link an existing GPO to another OU and make a change to the policy in the linked location, does that change it in both locations? Thanks. If so how can I get a copy of the settings to new OU that I can change without changing original?
Question by:Thomas N
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    Expert Comment

    Yes, it'll change "both" locations. A GPO link is just that: a link.
    You have two possibilities:
    - copy the complete GPO using the GPMC, remove the link to the original GPO, and link the copied one (after adjusting it to your likings).
    - create a new GPO with just the differences, and link that to the other OU with a higher priority than the original GPO.

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    by:Thomas N
    How can I make a copy? Step by step instructions if possible. Thanks.
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    Accepted Solution

    Going from memory here: In the GPMC, expand Group Policy Management\Forest\Domains\<YourDomain>\Group Policy Objects
    Locate the GPO you want under Group Policy Objects, right-click it, and select "Copy".
    Right-Click "Group Policy Objects" and select "Paste".
    Rename the new GPO to whatever you want and link it to the target OU.

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    by:Thomas N
    No option to copy when right clicking, closest one is option to save report but I dont see how we can restore it.

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    by:Thomas N
    nevermind I found it.

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