Recipe 9.21 Refreshing GPO Settings on a Computer

9.21.1 Problem

You've made some changes to a GPO and want to apply them to a computer by refreshing the group policies for the computer.

9.21.2 Solution Using a command-line interface

On Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP, use this command:

> gpupdate [/target:{Computer | User}]

On Windows 2000, use this command:

> secedit /refreshpolicy [machine_policy | user_policy]

9.21.3 Discussion

The new gpupdate command is a much-needed improvement over the older secedit utility. With gpupdate you can force all settings to be applied with the /force option (the default is only changed settings). You can apply the computer or user settings of GPOs using the /target option, and you can force a logoff or reboot after the settings have been applied using the /logoff and /boot options.

9.21.4 See Also

MS KB 298444 (A Description of the Group Policy Update Utility)

    Chapter 3. Domain Controllers, Global Catalogs, and FSMOs
    Chapter 6. Users
    Appendix A. Tool List