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JSI Tip 4325. How do I copy a Group Policy Object to a different domain?

GPO information is stored in the Active Directory and replicated to all domain controllers.

The GPO is located at %SystemRoot%\SYSVOL\sysvol\<Domain Name>\Policies\\{GUID\}, where GUID is the Globally Unique IDentifier.

To locate the GUID of a GPO, open it in the Group Policy Editor, right-click the root, and press Properties. The GUID is the Unique name on the General tab.

To copy a GPO:

1. Create a new GPO in the target domain.

2. Determine the GUID of the source and target GPO.

3. Browse to %SystemRoot%\SYSVOL\sysvol\<Target Domain>\Policies\\{Target GUID\} and delete the contents of the Target GUID folder.

4. Copy the contents of %SystemRoot%\SYSVOL\sysvol\<Source Domain>\Policies\\{Source GUID\} to %SystemRoot%\SYSVOL\sysvol\<Target Domain>\Policies\\{Target GUID\}.

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