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Group Policies are defined to manage user and computer settings. Windows updates Group Policy settings every 90 minutes or when a computer reboots; however, there may be instances when an IT administrator needs to manually update policies. The gpupdate command is used to enforce a policy update and it takes into account only the changes in the existing Group Policies or new Group Policies.

Prerequisites for using the gpupdate command

  • The computer you are using must be joined to an Active Directory domain.
  • At least one Group Policy must be assigned to the computer you are using.

How to use the gpupdate command

Method 1:

  • Open the Start Menu.
  • Select Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.
  • Type in gpupdate and press Enter.
  • Reboot your computer to ensure that all settings are applied.

Method 2: Using the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)

  • In the GPMC, right-click the desired OU and click Group Policy Update.

The gpupdate /force command is usually used instead of just gpupdate. When you use the /force command, all the policy settings are reapplied. However, you should only use the /force option for troubleshooting or when there is an issue applying a policy; since gpupdate /force runs on multiple computers at the same time, it puts a major load on the domain controllers and takes longer for the update to happen.

How ManageEngine ADManager Plus can help

ADManager Plus is an integrated AD management and reporting solution with GPO management and reporting capabilities. You can simplify GPO management by configuring GPOs in bulk and monitor compliance with access to an audit trail of all GPO changes via reports.

Here are some of the supported GPO capabilities in ADManager Plus. You can:

  • Edit GPOs.
  • Enable, disable, or delete GPOs.
  • Enable, disable, or remove GPO links.
  • Modify enforcement options for GPO links.
  • Block or unblock inheritance of GPO links.
  • Identify recently modified GPOs and linked AD objects.
  • Track GPO information through reports to check if a particular OU, domain, or site is compliant with policies.

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