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[Today's post comes to us courtesy of Wayne McIntyre]
As promised here is the 2nd part of our restoring SBS group policies post. This post will cover moving the SBS 2003 policies from a working server to a server that is missing the SBS policies.
Please follow the previous post on how to backup the SBS Group Policies as that process is still the same. Once you have the backup, zip the contents so you can transfer it to another server: http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2007/08/07/how-to-backup-and-restore-your-sbs-and-default-group-policies.aspx
Note: If you have SBS 2003 R2 you need to manually recreate the WSUS policies or Reinstall the SBS R2 components. You cannot transfer the policies from one machine to another as the settings are domain/server specific
The Official SBS Blog : Restoring the SBS GPOs from a Different Server: http://blogs.technet.com/sbs
Here's an interesting one for you. I had a swing that had gone *Poof* at one point. Netlogon didn't come back online and I had to do a forced promotion. (Not nice!)
So since Netlogon didn't replicate (even though AD did... weird one) I had a blank Netlogon change with no login scripts, policies etc etc. But all the references to the GPO were still in the system (It was quite adamantly complaining about not finding the little pests!) Where is file blah blah? Where where?!
Turned out I was able to just "copy" the policy folders from an older copy from under sysvol. (Original server was hit by a virus and was sick) but AD was ok and the policy files were still there.
Not a perfect situation but it's one of those things you find on your feet when all is breaking loose.