How to Force Remote Group Policy Processing

by Jakob H. Heidelberg
Sept. 1, 2017 0 comments TechGenix Apps & Hardening windows server security

Updating Microsoft Windows Group Policy settings on the local machine is not so hard with a tool such as Gpupdate, but updating these policies on remote domain computers is not possible from within any Microsoft Management Console (MMC) by default or with any Microsoft tool available so far. In this article we will show some tricks, scripts and free tools that makes this task possible – and even easy – for the network administrator.Most administrators know the problem of forcing Group Policy (GP) processing on remote computers. After configuring an important policy of some kind, we would sometimes like GP processing to occur immediately on client computers. The problem is that by default, the so called background processing “only” happens every 90 to 120 minutes (randomized) – if we want to force updates to occur right away we are on our own. Of course there is a reason why policies do not just update every 5 minutes or ‘real-time’. The load on Domain Controllers and the network wou...