Solved

Copy and/or Export/Import GPO from one domain to another

Posted on 2016-08-02
5
50 Views
Last Modified: 2016-08-02
Is this supported? Does it work? I have a lot of time invested in these GPOs and it would sure be nice if I could copy them to another domain.....
0
Comment
Question by:LockDown32
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 14

Accepted Solution

by:
Schnell Solutions earned 500 total points
ID: 41739579
Yes, this is a fully supported process that is done commonly.

Some scenarios where you can make it are:

- When moving GPOs from one domain to another.
- When moving GPOs from one test environment to another (It is the same thing than the previous point).
- When backing up, restoring or recovery an old (deleted or modified) GPO.

You just need to open the Group Policy Management and once there:

a) Backup/Export a GPO
You can right click your GPO and back it up

b) Restoring a GPO from Backup
You can right click the container node of the GPOs and choose the restore option, the system will ask you where your backup file is located (Or even easier, it will just show you your previous backup in that console and the option to recover them).

c) Import a GPO from an Export
You take a GPO (Usually a new empty one), right click on it and select the Import option, which consequently will ask you where the exported files are located in order to complete the import.

Further details of this process are here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa814145(v=vs.85).aspx
0
 
LVL 15

Author Comment

by:LockDown32
ID: 41739598
OK. I Tried backing up a GPO, copied it to another domain and restored it. For some reason the settings were gone. I wanted to make sure I wasn't doing something that wasn't supported before continuing. Thanks!
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:Schnell Solutions
ID: 41739617
Try the export/import action. Backup is more oriented to the same server/domain.

The only thing is that before importing an exported GPO, you need to create a new GPO, and then import inside it the exported file.
0
 
LVL 15

Author Comment

by:LockDown32
ID: 41739621
I'll give it a try in the next day or two and let you know. Thanks!
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:Schnell Solutions
ID: 41739623
cool
0

Featured Post

Windows Server 2016: All you need to know

Learn about Hyper-V features that increase functionality and usability of Microsoft Windows Server 2016. Also, throughout this eBook, you’ll find some basic PowerShell examples that will help you leverage the scripts in your environments!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Synchronize a new Active Directory domain with an existing Office 365 tenant
Restoring deleted objects in Active Directory has been a standard feature in Active Directory for many years, yet some admins may not know what is available.
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of transferring the five major, necessary Active Directory Roles, commonly referred to as the FSMO roles to another domain controller. Log onto the new domain controller with a user account t…
This Micro Tutorial hows how you can integrate  Mac OSX to a Windows Active Directory Domain. Apple has made it easy to allow users to bind their macs to a windows domain with relative ease. The following video show how to bind OSX Mavericks to …

786 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question