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Cannot import backed up GPO in a new domain RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hey Guys,

    For a specific project we had to create a brand new domain, completly isolated from our main corporate domain.
    Due to security requirements, I have to apply to this 2nd domain the same domain policy as in the 1st domain.

    This domain policy is defined in a GPO and I'd like to transfer this GPO to the new domain.
    There's no relation between these domains as they are completely separated.

    I used GPMC to backup the GPO from the 1st domain.
    Copied the backed up folder to the DC in my 2nd domain.
    Used GPMC in my 2nd domain and tried to import the GPO from the backup folder.

    Whatever I do I always get "No backup foudn" error message.
    Even when I try to go via "Manage Backup" and pointing to the backup folder, I still get the same message.

    The 1st domain is in functional level Win Server 2003 and the new one is 2012.

    Any idea how I can transfer the GPO to this new domain?

    I've already read the TechNet and MSDn articles about it, but it doesn't work for me.

    Thanks in advance

    Monday, November 25, 2013 9:19 AM

Answers

  • > This domain policy is defined in a GPO and I'd like to transfer this GPO
    > to the new domain.
     
    Do they have different names? This is a MUST.
     
    > Copied the backed up folder to the DC in my 2nd domain.
     
    Did you copy hidden files, too?
     

    Martin

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    • Marked as answer by Fluidetom Tuesday, November 26, 2013 1:16 PM
    Tuesday, November 26, 2013 7:39 AM

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  • Moving this to the gpo forum


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    Monday, November 25, 2013 12:44 PM
  • > This domain policy is defined in a GPO and I'd like to transfer this GPO
    > to the new domain.
     
    Do they have different names? This is a MUST.
     
    > Copied the backed up folder to the DC in my 2nd domain.
     
    Did you copy hidden files, too?
     

    Martin

    NO THEY ARE NOT EVIL, if you know what you are doing: Good or bad GPOs?
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment :))
    • Marked as answer by Fluidetom Tuesday, November 26, 2013 1:16 PM
    Tuesday, November 26, 2013 7:39 AM
  • Hey Martin,

    All right I finally managed to copy the GPO to the new domain.

    Your comment about the hidden files showed me the way.

    1. On the server in domain n°1 I turned on "Show hidden files and folders", then exported the GPO.
    2. Copied over the backup folder {GUID}
    3. On the DC in domain n°2 right-clicked my new GPO (the GPO's name was already different), an this time I selected the folder containing the backup {GUID} folder, as before as was browsing into the {GUID} folder.

    Anyway, not sure this is super clear, but it worked for me and my new GPO has all the settings !

    Thanks

    Tuesday, November 26, 2013 1:15 PM
  • Hi,

    I’m glad to hear that you have resolved the issue and thanks for sharing your solution in the forum. This will help others who face the same scenario resolve the issue quickly. Your time and efforts are highly appreciated.

     

    Best regards,

    Justin Gu

    Tuesday, November 26, 2013 4:11 PM

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    Did you copy hidden files, too?
     
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    Monday, March 26, 2018 5:58 PM