Restoring GPOs

Last post 01-13-2014, 11:57 AM by JohnB352. 8 replies.
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  • Restoring GPOs
    Posted: 11-05-2013, 12:11 PM

    Sympana 10 SP4

    I don't have the need right now to restore a deleted GPO but was wondering how this would work.  If I do a Browse & Restore on a DC, I don't see any group policies listed.  At least not in the path that I find them at on the server (C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain\Policies), or anywhere else for that matter.

    I found this doc that talks about an Out of Place Restore.  And in that it states that individual GPOs can be restored.

    The System State is being backed up on our DCs.

    How are GPOs restored? 

  • Re: Restoring GPOs
    Posted: 11-18-2013, 3:24 PM


    Look at these thread;

    A couple of years ago I had the same question; I had to use both the Active Directory iDA and the Windows FileSystem iDA on the domain controller...

    I hope this is helpful for you.








  • Re: Restoring GPOs
    Posted: 11-18-2013, 4:06 PM

    If I go to System State>Components>Sysvol, I only have the option to restore all of Sysvol.  I can't drill down into it.

    I guess that explains why the person that responded to your older post:  "so you may want to dump sysvol out of place and only select the GPO data necessary to recover".  So you just redirect the whole thing.  And then pick what you want out of it.  Then he goes on to provide a Microsoft link, that talks about starting a DC in Directory Services Restore Mode.  Which seems odd.  Why not use CV?

    I wish there existed some CV documentation on this subject.

    Thanks for your help though.

  • Re: Restoring GPOs
    Posted: 11-18-2013, 4:13 PM


    You can right click on Sysvol and select explore.  Then you can select components.

    It took me also a while, before finding that.



  • Re: Restoring GPOs
    Posted: 11-18-2013, 4:54 PM

    I don't get that option.  I select SysVol, right-click, and I get 3 options:

    - Restore Current Selected
    - Restore All Selected
    - Find

    And Find is for doing a search for a specific file.

    We're on 10, didn't you say you're on 9? 

  • Re: Restoring GPOs
    Posted: 11-18-2013, 5:06 PM

    I think the call was made while running CV 8.

    When I am right, you have to browse the System state backup of a domain controller. I will check that in a minute.

  • Re: Restoring GPOs
    Posted: 11-18-2013, 5:14 PM

    As I see it now, you have to browse

    System State --> Components --> Right click System Protected Files and select Explore.

    Option is available in version 9, and I think it will be in V10.

    Otherwise, I don't know how to help you.

    Regards, Bart

  • Re: Restoring GPOs
    Posted: 11-19-2013, 5:19 AM


    I just checked again, and I came to conclusion that the System State is not needed for restore of a single GPO...

    You have to locate the sysvol folder on the filesystem of the domain controller and you can restore the gpo out of the policies folder in this folder... You have to know the unique ID of the GPO.

    Regards, Bart

  • Re: Restoring GPOs
    Posted: 01-13-2014, 11:57 AM

    I had to do this in a live situation this weekend.

    For Sympana 10 this is what I had to do:

    On the File System sub-client browse a backup to System State > Components.  One of the objects on the right will be Sysvol.  You can't "browse" Sysvol to select specific objects such as GPOs.  You have to restore all of Sysvol, to a different location.  And then in that location find the GPO that you need.

    I don't know about earlier versions of Sympana but, with v10, if you just browse the backup for File System sub-client, and browse to Sysvol, the sub-folders are there but they are ALL empty.  Gotta use System State.

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