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In this blog post, we will learn about how to easily duplicate settings catalog policy in the Intune admin center. When you duplicate a settings catalog policy, it will create a new policy with the same settings as the original policy. Please note that assignments of the original policy are not copied.
This feature was introduced with Intune service release 2111, enabling the duplication of a settings catalog type of device configuration profile. This proves especially useful in situations where you need to create a similar profile with only a few settings differing from the original.
Duplicate context menu option which is available for a Settings catalog type of device configuration profile duplicates an existing profile will create a copy of it and save you all the trouble of manually selecting each setting.
Which Platforms are Supported for Duplicating Policy?
You can duplicate a device configuration profile in the Intune admin center for the following device types:
Within the Intune admin center, there are various types of device configuration profiles. However, it’s important to note that, currently, you can only duplicate a device configuration profile of the Settings Catalog type.
What Happens If You Duplicate an Intune Settings Catalog Policy?
Duplicating an Intune Settings Catalog policy creates a copy of the profile. This is particularly useful when you need to establish a new policy with identical settings to the original one. The new policy can then feature slight modifications with different assignments.
After duplicating a Settings Catalog policy, you have the option to rename it and assign it to a different Entra security group that encompasses users or devices.
If your new Settings Catalog policy significantly differs from the one you intend to copy, it’s advisable to create a new one. Duplicating the policy might not be the most efficient solution, as creating a new policy would likely require a similar amount of effort.
Duplicate Settings Catalog Policy
To show an example/demo of Duplicating a Settings Catalog Profile, I would be using an existing device configuration profile called: Prevent Registry Editor access for all Users. This profile is used for blocking registry editor access for all users on target devices.
You can use the following steps to Duplicate a device configuration profile:
- Sign in to the Intune admin center.
- Click on Devices > Configuration profiles
- Find the Profile you want to Copy and click on the ellipses context menu.
- Select the Duplicate option to create a copy of the Settings Catalog profile.
- After you click on the Duplicate option, You will get a Duplicate policy window. Provide a unique name and useful description of this policy. For example, I have provided:
- New Name – Copy of Prevent Registry Editor access for all users
- New description – Duplicate Policy cloned using Prevent Registry Editor access for all users Device configuration profile.
- Click on Save button to create a copy of the profile.
You will also find some Information on Duplicate policy window which says: “Duplicating a policy creates a new and distinct policy containing the same settings and values as the original policy. Assignments will not be copied.“
- After a Duplicate copy has been created, you will find it showing under Profiles with the New name of the profile you provided earlier.
Unable to Duplicate Device Configuration Profile
The “Duplicate” option is not available in the context menu for device configuration profiles, other than Settings Catalog policy. Currently, this feature is exclusive to the “Settings Catalog” type of profile.
The example below illustrates that when I clicked on the ellipses icon next to a Device configuration profile which is based on Templates, the duplicate option is not visible in the menu.
Can I Duplicate All types of Device Configuration Profiles?
Currently, this feature is only available for duplicating a Device configuration profile which is based on the Settings Catalog. Microsoft may Introduce similar feature for other types of profiles in future.
Alternative way of Duplicating Device Configuration Profile?
There are other ways to Duplicate a device configuration profile irrespective of whether it has been created using Settings Catalog or Templates. You can use Microsoft Graph API or Powershell scripts at Github Powershell Intune samples.
[Please note: I haven’t tested these PowerShell scripts yet, and I’m not entirely certain if they work as intended. Before running them in a production environment, it is advisable to test them in a controlled, test environment to ensure their functionality.]
I want to read more about Settings Catalog Policies.
You can read more about Settings Catalog on MS Learn using below link:
Create a policy using the settings catalog in Microsoft Intune | Microsoft Learn