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Restore GPO from a Symantec Backup

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We deleted and/or changed some items in the Default Domain Policy (we didn't back it up before we made that HARMLESS change)

We do however have a backup of this server (Backup Exec 2012).

The question is how can we restore this one GPO with minimal system impact from the Symantec back up?


Thanks in advance...

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Hi,

System state backup also contains the backup of your group policy object. You need to follow below mentioned steps to restore the default domain policy group.

1. Identify the GUID of your group policy object which you want to restore.
2. Restore system state backup from tape media from backup to alternate location. Don't restore on original location otherwise it will override the whole contains of your sysvol folder.
3. Browse to restore folder, Go to policies folder under sysvol-> domain name-> policies-> Look for the GUID of the group policy which you want to restore.
4. Copy the policies and overwrite it at original location.

You can also refer the below mentioned article.

http://www.frickelsoft.net/blog/?p=42
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the specific area i want to restore is the User Rights Assignments:

Default Domain Policy-->Computer Configuration-->Policies-->Windows Settings-->Security Settings-->Local Policies-->User Rights Assignment

Can just this be restored or do you have to restore the entire GPO?

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No it is not possible to restore the specific area of a particular group policy object. You need to restore the complete group policy object
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Sorry , yes it is possible you need to identify your GUID of your group policy object and then look the same GUID in policies folder of Sysvol.

Once the you have identified the GUID of your policies you need to check the Gpt Tmpl file related to machine configuration and modify the settings as you required.

Each group policy object contains Computer configuration & User configuration so Gpt tmpl exist for both.
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I would also back up the GPO prior to the copy, other than that this solution worked great.

thanks

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