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Import a Group Policy object using GPMC

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To import a Group Policy object

  1. Open Group Policy Management.

  2. In the console tree, double-click Group Policy Objects in the forest and domain containing the Group Policy object (GPO) into which you want to import settings.


    • Forest name

    • Domains

    • Domain name

    • Group Policy Objects

  3. Right-click the GPO, and then click Import Settings.

  4. Follow the instructions in the Import Settings Wizard, and then click Finish.


  • You must have Edit permissions on the GPO into which you want to import settings to complete this procedure.

  • When importing settings from a backed up GPO in another domain or forest, if the GPO settings contain references to UNC paths or security principals, you may need to update these references to new values in the destination GPO. You can specify a migration table during the import operation to update the references to security principals and UNC paths in the destination GPO. For more information about migration tables see "Migration Tables," "The migration table editor," and "Create a migration table" in Related Topics.

  • You can also perform this procedure or a related task by using one or more of the sample scripts included with Group Policy Management. For more information, see "Scripting Group Policy tasks" in Related Topics.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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