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Q. How can I force my Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 clients to check for new program advertisements?

A. Program advertisements occur as part of the Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation cycle action in the SMS 2003 Advanced Client. To force a client to find new programs that are available ahead of the regular discovery phase, perform these steps:

  1. Start the Systems Management Control Panel applet (Start, Settings, Control Panel, Systems Management).
  2. Click the Actions tab.
  3. Select "Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle" and click Initiate Action.
  4. Close the Systems Management Control Panel applet. Within a few minutes, the new-program advertisements should be visible.
  5. Alternatively, you can use the Policy Spy Tool to force a Machine policy retrieval. You can download the Policy Spy Tool at

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