SOLVED: How to Move Group Policy Objects (GPOs) Between Domains

It turns out that Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) has a dandy EXPORT, IMPORT feature.  The only thing that isn’t particularly obvious is that you have to EXPORT (and IMPORT) in the GROUP POLICY OBJECTS folder, and not on any of the OU’s. 

  1. On the old/source domain, start GPMC
  2. Expand your GROUP POLICY OBJECTS folder
  3. Right click on a policy you want to move
  4. Select Backup
  5. Copy the resulting file to a stick, network disk, floppy, whateva’
  6. Move the backup file to to the new/destination domain
  7. Open GPMC on the new/source Domain Controller (DC)
  8. Expand your GROUP POLICY OBJECTS folder
  9. Right click and select IMPORT SETTINGS

    How To Migrate GPOs Between Domains
    How To Migrate GPOs Between Domains

 

 

 

See this link for more details http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc785343(WS.10).aspx

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