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After playing with some Group Policy settings and breaking privileges for System accounts, I have learnt the hard lesson to have a proper configuration management policy in place. So that will cover the future, but the current messup, can I either;

Restore the Group Policy files ontop of the SYSVOL folder from a recent tape backup?


Piece together the old policy - I have looked at a previous backup and found the GptTmpl.ini file under MACHINE\Microsoft\Windows NT\SecEdit, with what appears to be all the settings to be applied, however, most of the Users/Groups have been converted to their SID equivelants which I don't know what users/groups they equate to. I found the whoami tool, but I couldn't see an option to specify a user to show details!

Tips / warnings would be greatly appreciated,



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So I'm assuming you don't have an actual "backup" of your GPOs through the GPMC, correct? If you do, then you can restore a GPO through the GPMC.

If not, follow this blog:

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I hadn't used GPMC, therefore the blog was perfect! – Tom Werner Sep 24 '09 at 16:08

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