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Copy GPO settings only to new empty GPO - same domain (Windows Server 2008 R2)

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  • Hi, I just want to confirm whether I have done the right thing. The main goal was to create new GPO which would have almost the same settings as the existing one with exception of settings related to one windows service. In order to accomplish this I backed up existing GPO, created new empty GPO and imported settings from the backup of existing GPO into the new GPO. Then I made some adjustments in new GPO by modifying settings which differ from the settings in the "original" GPO.

    I know there is also a copy gpo feature and probably I would have accomplished the same result but I opted for backup - import settings variant. Restore from backup would probably work for me too.

    Which of these ways is preferred way to solve this task - copy only settings from existing GPO to the new one in the same domain.

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 1:25 PM

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  • > I know there is also a copy gpo feature and probably I would have
    > accomplished the same result but I opted for backup - import settings
     
    The net result is the same. "Copy" of course only works within one
    session of gpmc, whereas "import from backup" works over time and on
    remote or disconnected systems, too.
     
    > Which of these ways is preferred way to solve this task - copy only
    > settings from existing GPO to the new one in the same domain.
     
    The "copy" thing is faster :)
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    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 :))
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 3:34 PM
  • Since I was interested in finding the most effective way of copying GPO settings of existing GPO to the new empty GPO I assumed that copying GPO was the most obvious choice but I did not want to mess up with permissions, security . . . so I made backup of existing GPO and then imported settings to new empty GPO from that backup.
    Friday, March 13, 2015 1:42 PM

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  • > I know there is also a copy gpo feature and probably I would have
    > accomplished the same result but I opted for backup - import settings
     
    The net result is the same. "Copy" of course only works within one
    session of gpmc, whereas "import from backup" works over time and on
    remote or disconnected systems, too.
     
    > Which of these ways is preferred way to solve this task - copy only
    > settings from existing GPO to the new one in the same domain.
     
    The "copy" thing is faster :)
     

    Martin

    Mal ein GUTES Buch über GPOs lesen?

    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 :))
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 3:34 PM
  • Hi,

    I agree with Martin. If you need further help regarding the question, please don't hesitate to let us know.

    Best regards,

    Frank Shen


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    Friday, March 13, 2015 8:17 AM
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  • Since I was interested in finding the most effective way of copying GPO settings of existing GPO to the new empty GPO I assumed that copying GPO was the most obvious choice but I did not want to mess up with permissions, security . . . so I made backup of existing GPO and then imported settings to new empty GPO from that backup.
    Friday, March 13, 2015 1:42 PM