JSI Tip 8641. How do I use the Group Policy Update Utility?

The Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP GPUdate.exe utility replaces the /refreshpolicy switch in Secedit.exe, in Windows 2000.

GPUdate.exe manually updates any changes that are made to group policies, without restarting, or waiting for the default update interval, 5 minutes on domain controllers and 90 minutes on domain members.

The GPUdate.exe syntax is:

GPUpdate \[/Target:\{Computer | User\}\] \[/Force\] \[/Wait:value\] \[/Logoff\] \[/Boot\]

Where:

/Target:\{Computer | User\} can specify that only computer or user policy settings are updated. 
                          If you do not use any switch, both user and computer policy settings are updated. 

/Force                    reapplies all policy settings, instead of just those that have changed.

/Wait:\{value\}             sets the number of seconds to wait for policy processing to finish.
                          The default is 600 seconds. Zero (0) means don't wait, and -1 means wait until it is finished.
                          If the time limit expires, the command prompt returns, AND policy processing continues. 

/Logoff                   logs you off after the Group Policy settings have been updated, if required, by a client
                          extension, such as Folder Redirection.

/Boot                     restarts your computer after the Group Policy settings have been updated, if required, by a client
                          extension, such as computer-targeted Software Installation.



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