You can rename a controlled Group Policy object (GPO) or a template.

A user account with the Editor or AGPM Administrator (Full Control) role, the user account of the Approver who created the GPO, or a user account with the necessary permissions in Advanced Group Policy Management is required to complete this procedure. Review the details in "Additional considerations" in this topic.

To rename a GPO or template
  1. In the Group Policy Management Console tree, click Change Control in the forest and domain in which you want to manage GPOs.

  2. On the Contents tab, click the Controlled or Templates tab to display the item to rename.

  3. Right-click the GPO or template to rename and click Rename.

  4. Type the new name for the GPO or template and a comment, then click OK.

  5. When the Progress window indicates that overall progress is complete, click Close. The GPO or template appears under the new name on the Contents tab.

Additional considerations

  • By default, you must be the Approver who created or controlled the GPO, an Editor, or an AGPM Administrator (Full Control) to perform this procedure. Specifically, you must have List Contents and Edit Settings permission for the GPO.

  • When you rename a GPO that has been deployed, the name is immediately changed in the archive. The name is changed in the production environment only when the GPO is redeployed.

    Until the GPO is redeployed (or the production copy is deleted), the old name is still in use in the production environment and therefore cannot be used for another GPO. Likewise, the GPO in the archive cannot be renamed back to its original name until the GPO has been deployed (changing the name of the production copy) or the production copy has been deleted.

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