RE: Exporting GPOs from Active Directory

From: Brad Judy (
Date: 07/23/02

From: "Brad Judy" <>
To: "'Laura A. Robinson'" <>, "'David Vincent'" <>, "'Focus-Ms (E-mail)'" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 08:50:33 -0600

Microsoft will be releasing a "Group Policy Management Console" add-on
that will allow for export/import of GPOs in addition to a large number
of other features including a lot of scripting functions. It will have
to be run on a .Net machine, but will work with a Windows 2000 based
Active Directory. I think it is based on licensed pieces of FAZAM, but
I do not know for sure.

Unfortunately since it must run on .Net Server it will not be released
for download until after the release of .Net Server.

It was demoed in a session at the MS TechEd conference in April and they
even demonstrated exporting everything from a test domain and then
importing it into a new production domain.

It doesn't help you now, but you can look forward to better GPO tools in
the future.

Brad Judy

Information Technology Services
University of Colorado at Boulder

-----Original Message-----
From: Laura A. Robinson []
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2002 1:41 PM
To: David Vincent; Focus-Ms (E-mail)
Subject: Re: Exporting GPOs from Active Directory

Doh! Read "GPOs" as "OUs"! Sorry folks!

With that said, secedit does not export Group Policy Objects. It allows
you to export the security settings from that section of the machine's
policy, but it does not export GPOs.

There is no officially supported method for exporting GPOs. However,
there are a couple of ways to do it:

1. Purchase FAZAM (
2. Read these links:

----- Original Message -----
From: "David Vincent" <>
To: "'Laura A. Robinson'" <>; "Focus-Ms
(E-mail)" <>
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2002 1:16 PM
Subject: RE: Exporting GPOs from Active Directory

> sorry laura, but i do believe you are confused.
> you want to use 'secedit' to export GPOs, LDFIDE exports lists of AD
> in Line Delimited format, it is the partner to CSVIDE which exports AD

> contents into Comma Seperated Values.
> check the help for more info on 'secedit' or the usual 'c:\secedit /?'
> David Vincent CNA/MCSE
> Network Administrator
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Laura A. Robinson []
> Sent: July 22, 2002 9:58 AM
> To:;
> Subject: Re: Exporting GPOs from Active Directory
> You can use LDIFDE to do this. LDIFDE (LDIF Directory Export, IIRC) is

> a command-line utility installed on Windows 2000 server boxes that
> allows
> to import/export/modify LDAP directories using text files. The utility

> is not installed on Win2K pro boxes even with adminpak, but it should
> be on
> of your server installations.
> If you're running it from a DC, you would just open a command prompt
> and type
> ldifde -f <name of file to export to>
> There'd be other options you would have to type depending on the
> you want to use to connect and how much you want to export, but the
> is relatively self-explanatory.
> Some additional info:
> teps.asp
> Laura
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Phydeaux" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Monday, July 22, 2002 1:55 AM
> Subject: Exporting GPOs from Active Directory
> > Hello all,
> >
> > Does anyone know how to export GPOs in an Active Directory to the
> > .inf files? I am looking for a native utility from Microsoft ore
> > another
> > tool. Also on the flip side, how do I import settings into a GPO?
> >
> > Brian
> >