Creating a template enables you to save all of the settings of a particular version of a Group Policy object (GPO) to use as a starting point for creating new GPOs.


A template is an uneditable, static version of a GPO for use as a starting point for creating new, editable GPOs.

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

To create a template based on an existing GPO
  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 in the details pane, click the Controlled or Uncontrolled tab to display available GPOs.

  3. Right-click the GPO from which you want to create a template, then click Save as Template.

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

  5. When the Progress window indicates that overall progress is complete, click Close. The new template appears on the Templates tab.

Additional considerations

  • By default, you must be an Editor or an AGPM Administrator (Full Control) to perform this procedure. Specifically, you must have List Contents and Create Template permissions for the domain.

  • Renaming or deleting a template does not impact GPOs created from that template.

  • Because it cannot be altered, a template does not have a history.

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