Copying Group Policy Objects

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 24 May 2005 / Last Updated on 24 May 2005]

Save time when implementing Group Policy.

If several OUs in your domain contain accounts that need to be locked down almost (but not quite) the same way, create a GPO and link it to the first OU and then configure the settings in the GPO. Then use the Group Policy Management Console to make additional copies of the GPO with all its settings, link this GPOs to the other OUs, and change the few settings in them that need to be different for those OUs. This can save you a lot of time as you deploy your GPOs.


To copy a GPO, expand the Group Policy Objects node, right-click on any GPO and select Copy. Then right-click on the Group Policy Objects node and select Paste. In the dialog that appears, select “Preserve the existing permissions.” Then rename the new GPO as desired.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see .

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