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Splitting a large GPO into multiple smaller GPOs

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  • Quite a while back someone wrote a massive GPO for the organisation with all the shared printers deployed. There are 80 Branches with anything from 4 to 6 printers deployed at each branch.  AS you'd expect this thing killed the user logon experience as it was enumerating every printer on the list.

    What I need to do is split this into GPO's for each branch. I could create them all separately but I'm hoping there's a way of importing the GPO and cutting it up. Whilst I'm familiar with Powershell I've not played with GPO's at all - and from the Cmdlets available I can't see a way of doing this. Any Ideas?

    Monday, February 08, 2016 2:36 AM

Answers

  • Hello Tony,

    I have to say that there is no official supported way to split one GPO to several GPOs.

    Regards,

    Yan Li


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    • Marked as answer by tonyholdgate Monday, February 15, 2016 1:48 AM
    Tuesday, February 09, 2016 3:20 AM
    Moderator
  • > Quite a while back someone wrote a massive GPO for the organisation with
    > all the shared printers deployed.
     
    How exactly? Deployed printer connections? Or GPP Printers? If the
    latter, you can cut/copy/paste individual printers across different GPOs
    to your needs. If the former, you're lost :()
     
    • Marked as answer by tonyholdgate Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:18 PM
    Thursday, February 18, 2016 2:55 PM

All replies

  • Hello Tony,

    I have to say that there is no official supported way to split one GPO to several GPOs.

    Regards,

    Yan Li


    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help. If you have feedback for TechNet Subscriber Support, contact tnmff@microsoft.com.

    • Marked as answer by tonyholdgate Monday, February 15, 2016 1:48 AM
    Tuesday, February 09, 2016 3:20 AM
    Moderator
  • > Quite a while back someone wrote a massive GPO for the organisation with
    > all the shared printers deployed.
     
    How exactly? Deployed printer connections? Or GPP Printers? If the
    latter, you can cut/copy/paste individual printers across different GPOs
    to your needs. If the former, you're lost :()
     
    • Marked as answer by tonyholdgate Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:18 PM
    Thursday, February 18, 2016 2:55 PM
  • GPP printers luckily. I'll do that

    Cheers

    Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:18 PM
  • > GPP printers luckily. I'll do that
     
    Ok - either in the UI (ctrl-x/ctrl-v obviously) or by copying the XML to
    the desktop, editing it (notepad or xml notepad) and copying it back
    into new GPOs :)
     
    Friday, February 19, 2016 10:06 AM