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

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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.....
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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
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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!
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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.
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I'll give it a try in the next day or two and let you know. Thanks!
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cool
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