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What is the best way to recreate the Default Domain Policy on an a production system.

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I have corruption on my default domain policy and  I need to recreate it. What is the best way to remake this policy without causing little or no down time on the domain?

Below is a screenshot of what the policy looks like.

Corrupt Group Policy
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by:McKnife
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Say, you don't do backups of your DCs? The GPOs are just files and files can be restored from backups.
If you prefer an empty, default def.dom.pol, read https://support.microsoft.com/kb/556025?wa=wsignin1.0 for options.
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Thanks for the quick response, we have backups, but the problem is I am not sure when the GPO became corrupt. I also found those options before. Does anyone know which option is the easiest? Does Dcgpofix.exe work well?
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"I am not sure when the GPO became corrupt" - I'd restore it from backup, it's just a folder. Do you have file level backups of your DC?
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by:JerryPotter
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I do have file level backups, unfortunately I believe that this became corrupt before I started working here and that was almost 3 years ago. I know we have changed how our backup works and I believe, got rid of the old things. I think I am stuck with remaking it. I do have a printed copy of the GPO with the settings that were in it.
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Since 3 years the default domain policy is corrupt? How would you know that?
Well, use dcgpofix and recreate your settings. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh875588.aspx explains the syntax, you should restore only the defdompol, not both.
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A lot of companies set a PKI policy in their default domain policy. I would investigate first if you are patched for this:

https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2028605

It would suggest to me that something like this is the cause if the problem has been around for potentially 3 years because the problem only affects GPO reports and GPMC's settings view. The settings themselves are fine and still apply. With investigating before you try restoring or fixing any GPO files for potential corruption.
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by:JerryPotter
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Thanks for the answers, I found out I did have some corrupt files and also the Certificate Services Client was messed up. After fixing that issue I ran the dcgpofix and reconfigured everything. Everything seems to be working. Thanks for the help.
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