How can I control the Policy updates?

A. Its possible to dictate how policies are applied to a Windows NT machine.

This is normally configured using the System Policy Editor by selecting Default Computer - Network - System policies update and checking Remote Update.

You then have the option to have either Automatic update which means the NT client makes a connection to the NETLOGON share of the domain controller that validated the logon or alternatively you could select Manual and then enter a path and name where the policy is located.

It is also possible to configure the machine to display any error messages and to enable load balancing.

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All the changes above can also be configured directly through the registry.

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Update
  3. Double click on UpdateMode (if it does not exist create of type DWORD, Edit - New - DWORD value)
  4. Set to 1 for Automatic update (the default), 2 for Manual or 0 for no update. Click OK
  5. If you set UpdateMode to 2 you should then double click on NetworkPath (or create of type REG_SZ or String Value)
  6. Set to the location and name of the policy file to use. Click OK
  7. Close the registry editor

You can also create two other values under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Update

  • Verbose - of type DWORD value - and setting to 1 enables error messages
  • LoadBalence - of type DWORD value - setting to 1 enables load balancing

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