Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Exports security settings stored in a database configured with security templates. For examples of how this command can be used, see Examples.


Secedit /export /db <database file name> [/mergedpolicy] /cfg <configuration file name> [/areas [securitypolicy | group_mgmt | user_rights | regkeys | filestore | services]] [/log <log file name>] [/quiet]


Parameter Description



Specifies the path and file name of a database that contains the stored configuration against which the analysis will be performed.

If file name specifies a database that has not had a security template (as represented by the configuration file) associated with it, the /cfg <configuration file name> command-line option must also be specified.



Merges and exports domain and local policy security settings.



Specifies the path and file name for the security template that will be imported into the database for analysis.

This /cfg option is only valid when used with the /db <database file name> parameter. If this is not specified, the analysis is performed against any configuration already stored in the database.



Specifies the security areas to be applied to the system. If this parameter is not specified, all security settings defined in the database are applied to the system. To configure multiple areas, separate each area by a space. The following security areas are supported:

  • SecurityPolicy

    Local policy and domain policy for the system, including account policies, audit policies, security options, etc.

  • Group_Mgmt

    Restricted group settings for any groups specified in the security template.

  • User_Rights

    User logon rights and granting of privileges.

  • RegKeys

    Security on local registry keys.

  • FileStore

    Security on local file storage.

  • Services

    Security for all defined services.



Specifies the path and file name of the log file for the process.



Suppresses screen and log output. You can still view analysis results by using the Security Configuration and Analysis snap-in to the Microsoft Management Console (MMC).


You can use this command to backup your security policies on a local computer in addition to importing the settings to another computer.

If the path for the log file is not provided, the default log file, (systemroot\Documents and Settings\UserAccount\My Documents\Security\Logs\DatabaseName.log) is used.

In Windows Server 2008, Secedit /refreshpolicy has been replaced with gpupdate. For information on how to refresh security settings, see Gpupdate.

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Export the security database and the domain security policies to an inf file and then import that file to a different database in order to replicate the security policy settings on another computer.

Secedit /export /db C:\Security\FY11\SecDbContoso.sdb /mergedpolicy /cfg SecContoso.inf /log C:\Security\FY11\SecAnalysisContosoFY11.log /quiet

Import that file to a different database on another computer.

Secedit /import /db C:\Security\FY12\SecDbContoso.sdb /cfg SecContoso.inf /log C:\Security\FY11\SecAnalysisContosoFY12.log /quiet

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