Last week, we talked about backing up your GPOs, and how you should be, ya know, "just doing it."
Then I got some emails asking me about "automating that backup."
Turns out.. that's easy too! Here's two ways (I'm sure there are more.)
Way #1: VB-scripts via the GPMC scripts The older GPMC had built-in scripts. The newer GPMCs require that you download the sample scripts. These are great and super helpful and can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/gpscripts
The script you want to play with is called "BackupAllGPOs.vbs."
It's easy as pie. Or punch. Or something that's easy.
Way #2: If you're a Powershell geek / geekette The newest GPMC with Win7 and WS08/R2 supports lots of SIMILAR constructs (create GPOs, backup, restore, etc), but now you can ALSO use PowerShell. So, to "get" the GP-related commands into Powershell, I typed
"Import-Module grouppolicy -verbose"
then I was able to run this quick command
"backup-gpo -all -path c:SavedGPOs"
And, blammo. Instant backup of my GP-world.
There's more to the command, of course; but that's its simplest use.
Again, easy as falling off a log... if you know the secrets.
Jeremy Moskowitz Enterprise Mobility MVP & Lead Trainer
Jeremy Moskowitz is a former Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP and founder of MDMandGPanswers.com and PolicyPak Software.
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