When you import policies into your Policy Based Management Server you have two options. The first option is “Replace duplicates with items imported”. This option will replace any policies in your PBM server that have the same name as the one you are importing. This can come in handy if you have to make a change to the policy and re-deploy it to several servers in your environment. It is also great to use if you suspect the policy has been altered and you want to ensure the settings are replaced. The real jewel to this setting is that it does not replace the evaluation history for that policy.
The other option is “Policy State” and describes what state we want the policy to be put in after the import. Here are the choices we have.
- Preserve State – Whatever state the policy was exported in, is the state we want after we import it. If the policy was in a disabled state when it was exported then it will be in a disabled state after we import it.
- Enabled – Imports the policy and enables it regardless of the export state.
- Disabled – Imports the policy and disables it regardless of the export state.
If you are not familiar with the policy being imported, including the Microsoft Best Practice Policies, it is always suggested to import the policy in a disabled state. You need to open and evaluate the policy for yourself and your environment before you import it.