How to move GPOs from one Domain to another?

Hello all!

I am doing some extensive GPO configurations and would like to copy a few larte GPO from server to server. Any way to do that? Any MS tool to do that?

I maintain 2003, 2008 and 2012 servers of all flavors.

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Backup the GPO you want to migrate (right click, backup). Copy the backup file over to the new domain servers. Create a migration table in GPMC.msc. Import the GPO and if requested provide the relevant migration table. There are some guides here.

Create a migration table:
Migration tables:
Automatically populate a migration table from a backup:

And if you're interesting in automating the process...

We have written a service that does this for us automatically. We just give it a source GPO and a target domain and it gets moved over. We have a policy where objects in all domains follow identical naming formats so if I migrate domaina\group1-blah from domain A to domain B, the group in domain B will also be domainb\group1-blah. If they don't exist they are automatically created. Anyway; migration tables are your friend thought hey can be a bit clunky to use.

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mrmutAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot! :-)
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