How to Export Group Policy Settings in Minutes

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  1. Open PowerShell ISE on your domain controller → Run the following PowerShell script (adjust file path and Domain parameter as needed):

    Import-Module ActiveDirectory
    Import-Module GroupPolicy 
    $dc = Get-ADDomainController -Discover -Service PrimaryDC
    Get-GPOReport -All -Domain -Server $dc -ReportType HTML -Path C:\Temp\GPOReportsAll.html  

  2. Open a generated .html file in a browser.

Generated group policy settings html file

  1. Run Netwrix Auditor → Navigate to "Reports" → Expand the "Active Directory" section → Go to "Group Policy - State-in-Time" → Select "Group Policy Objects by Policy Name" → Click "View".
  2. To save the report, click the "Export" button → Choose a format from the dropdown menu → Click "Save".

Netwrix Auditor Group Policy Objects by Policy Name Report: shows existing Group Policy Objects with the list of settings defined for these GPOs and their values

Export a Report with Group Policy Settings in an Easy-to-Read Format

IT administrators are frequently asked by either their managers or auditors to produce a report that proves all Group Policy settings are correct. To satisfy these requests, IT pros need to quickly export Group Policy settings into an insightful report in an easy-to-read format. They can create acceptable passable reports by running scripts, but this method of Group Policy export requires a great deal of time and effort that could be better spent on more important tasks. 

Netwrix Auditor for Active Directory slashes report preparation time by delivering actionable data about changes and access events across your Active Directory environment, as well as state-in-time reports about Active Directory and Group Policy configurations. You can easily compare the current configuration to any point in the past or export Group Policy information to satisfy requests from auditors or management. In fact, you can export Group Policy settings into a variety of formats, including PDF, Excel or Word, and deliver the reports in just minutes, giving you more time to focus on your other responsibilities.