[Solved] How to Copy Group Policy from Active Directory


In this article, I will teach you how to copy group policy from the active directory (GPO).

To do this, you’ve two methods, either go through the GUI and the Group Policy Management console or use PowerShell.

I’ll show you both methods, then it’s up to you choose which one is best for you.

Method 1. How to Copy Group Policy Management Console

Step 1. From the console, go to the Group Policy Objects folder.

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Step 2. On the GPO to clone, right-click and click Copy.

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Step 3. Right click on the Group Policy Objects container and click Paste.

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Step 4. Choose how permissions are copied and click OK.

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Step 5. When the copy is complete, click OK to close the window.

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Step 6. The GPO is copied and available in the Group Policy Objects folder, it’s suffixed with the phrase Copy.

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Method 2. How to Copy Group Policy PowerShell

It’s also possible to copy a Group Policy (GPO) with PowerShell using the command Copy-GPO.

Step 1. You can open a PowerShell as an administrator on a domain controller.

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Use the Copy-GPO to Duplicate Group Policy


Copy-GPO -SourceName Name_gpo_source -TargetName Name_of_Copy

Example to copy the GPO GPO_Sample_for_copy:

Copy-GPO -SourceName GPO_Sample_for_copy -TargetName GPO_Sample_for_copy_PowerShell

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Step 4. If the copy is successful, the return of the command gives the information for the GPO.

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Step 5. It’s possible to verify in the Group Policy Management console that it’s copied with the name that we passed in the parameter

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