In this article, we’ll show you how to duplicate settings catalog policy in Intune. Duplicating a policy generates a new policy with the same settings and values as the original policy, except that assignments are not copied.
Starting in Intune Service Release 2111, a new feature has been added that allows you to duplicate settings catalog policies with just a few clicks. This means you will not have to start from scratch when creating a device configuration profile, which should save a substantial amount of time.
When you duplicate a device configuration profile in Intune, the duplicate policy will inherit the configuration settings and scope tags from the original profile. The assignments are not copied because you can edit the configuration settings for this new policy and then assign it to a different group.
By definition, the Settings catalog in Intune contains a comprehensive list of all the settings that can be customized. This feature simplifies how you create a policy, configure the settings and assign it to endpoints. The Intune Settings Catalog is frequently updated, and Microsoft adds new settings with almost every new release.
What happens when you duplicate a Settings Catalog Policy in Intune?
When you duplicate a settings catalog policy in Intune, it creates a copy of an existing settings catalog profile. Duplicating a settings catalog policy is useful when you need a profile that’s similar yet distinct from the original one. This is useful when you want to target an existing device configuration profile to a group with minor changes.
A duplicated catalog profile copy has the same setting configurations and scope tags as the original profile, but no assignments are associated with it. The duplicated profile can then be renamed and edited to change its settings and add assignments.
You should not use the duplicate feature if you are creating a new device configuration profile with settings that are entirely different from those defined in existing profiles.
Duplicate Configuration Profiles in Intune
You can duplicate configuration profiles in Intune for the following device types:
- Windows devices
- iOS/iPadOS devices
- macOS devices
When you create a policy in Intune, there are two types of policies: Settings Catalog and Templates. Custom policies cannot be duplicated in Intune; only the Settings catalog can.
Duplicate Settings Catalog Policy In Intune
We will look at the steps for duplicating a settings catalog policy in Intune. As an example, we will select an existing settings catalog policy, “Configure Power options” and duplicate this policy. You can duplicate only one settings catalog policy at once.
Use the following steps to duplicate a settings catalog policy in Intune:
- Sign in to the Microsoft Intune Admin Center.
- Go to Devices > Configuration Profiles.
- Find the profile that you want to copy. Select the ellipses context menu.
- Select Duplicate to create a copy of an existing profile.
After you duplicate an existing settings catalog policy, you see a Duplicate Policy window. The following information is displayed on the Duplicate Policy window: “Duplicating a policy creates a new and distinct policy containing the same settings and values as the original policy. Assignments will not be copied.”
Enter the new name for the duplicated policy and add a brief description. This will help other Intune administrators identify this policy easily. Click Save. A notification appears in the top-right corner of the Intune admin center, “Policy created successfully,” indicating that you have successfully duplicated the settings catalog policy.
In the screenshot below, we see the original settings catalog policy and the duplicate policy that we created in the above step. For all newly created configuration profiles, Intune adds a “NEW” badge to help administrators identify the profile.
Let’s take a look at the settings catalog policy details that we duplicated in the above step. Select the duplicated Settings catalog policy from the list of Configuration Profiles. You’ll notice the following things about this new device configuration profile:
- Basics: In the basics section of the policy, we see the policy name, description, and platform details.
- Assignments: As mentioned earlier, when you duplicate a settings catalog policy in Intune, the assignments are not copied.
- Scope Tags: The scope tags are retained from the parent configuration profile.
- Configuration Settings: We see that all the configuration settings are inherited from the parent profile.
Unable to Duplicate Custom Configuration Profile
You cannot duplicate a custom configuration profile in Intune. The duplicate feature is available only for the configuration profile that is of type “Settings Catalog” in Intune.
In the screenshot below, we see that the duplicate option is not available for custom device configuration profiles. You can only delete a custom profile from Intune.