A. Best practice stipulates that you shouldn't modify the Default Domain and Default DC GPOs. Instead, you should create new GPOs and link them to the relevant containers. However, if you've already modified the GPO and want to restore the default content, perform the following steps:

  1. Log on as a domain administrator to a DC.
  2. Start a command session.
  3. To reset the Domain GPO, type dcgpofix /target:Domain To reset the Default DC GPO, type dcgpofix /target:DC To reset both the Domain and Default DC GPOs, type dcgpofix /target:both
  4. After you enter the appropriate command in Step 3, enter Y to both prompts.
  5. Close the command window.

For example, when I type

dcgpofix /target:both

my computer returns the following output:

  Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Operating System Default Group Policy Restore
  Utility v5.1

  Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. 1981-2003

  Description: Recreates the Default Group Policy Objects (GPOs) for a
  domain

  Syntax: DcGPOFix \[/ignoreschema\] \[/Target: Domain | DC | BOTH\]

  This utility can restore either or both the Default Domain policy or
  the Default Domain Controller policy to the state that exists
  immediately after a clean install. You must be a domain administrator
  to perform this operation.

  WARNING: YOU WILL LOSE ANY CHANGES YOU HAVE MADE TO THESE GPOs. THIS
  UTILITY IS INTENDED ONLY FOR DISASTER RECOVERY PURPOSES.

  You are about to restore Default Domain policy and Default Domain
  Controller policy for the following domain
 
  savilltech.com
 
  Do you want to continue: <y>? Y

  WARNING: This operation will replace all 'User Rights Assignments'
  made in the chosen GPOs. This may render some server applications to
  fail.

  Do you want to continue: <y>? Y

  The Default Domain Policy was restored successfully.

  Note: Only the contents of the Default Domain policy was restored.
  Group Policy links to this Group Policy Object were not altered.
  By default, the Default Domain policy is linked to the Domain.

  The Default Domain Controller policy was restored successfully.

  Note: Only the contents of the Default Domain Controller policy was
  restored. Group Policy links to this Group Policy Object were not
  altered.

  By default, the Default Domain Controller policy is linked to the
  Domain Controllers OU.</y></y>