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Gpupdate force error

When I try to force a Group Policy update (gpupdate /force) I get the following error message,

Failed to refresh User Policy. Error - The system cannot find the file specified
.  Exiting...
Failed to refresh Computer Policy. Error - The system cannot find the file speci
fied.  Exiting...

Has anyone seen this before?
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trywaredkCommented:
Using Secedit.exe to Force Group Policy (GPO) to Be Applied Again:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;227448

Refresh policy from windows 2000 server:
1. Start / Run
2. CMD / ENTER
3. SECEDIT /REFRESHPOLICY MACHINE_POLICY /ENFORCE
4. SECEDIT /REFRESHPOLICY USER_POLICY /ENFORCE
5. EXIT

Gpupdate - Refreshes local and Active Directory-based Group Policy settings in Windows XP
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/refrgp.mspx


Troubleshooting Group Policy in Windows 2000
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/howitworks/management/gptshoot.asp

Local Group Policy Settings Do Not Take Effect
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;220862

Gpotool.exe: Group Policy Verification Tool
http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/tools/existing/gpotool-o.asp

Many Regards
Jorgen Malmgren
IT-Supervisor
Denmark

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bdorminyAuthor Commented:
The SECEDIT command was replaced with GPUPDATE in XP SP1. When I run the SECEDIT command I get the help screen "Automating Security configuration tasks".
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Debsyl99Commented:
Hi

Are you trying to enforce local policies only? Are there any errors in the applications event log?

Deb :))
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bdorminyAuthor Commented:
This is a global policy. Nothing appears in the Even viewer. The policies are working however if I make a change and then try to run this to enofrce the policy instead of rebooting I get the error message.
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trywaredkCommented:
:o) Sorry, and thanks - I've just updated my knowledgebase

Gpupdate - Refreshes local and Active Directory-based Group Policy settings in Windows XP
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/refrgp.mspx
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trywaredkCommented:
Anything in the eventlog about it ?
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bdorminyAuthor Commented:
Running the gpresult tool shows that the policies are working fine.
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bdorminyAuthor Commented:
Nothing appears in the event log when I run gpupdate. It's as if the gpupdate.exe file isn't there to run but even if I go to \windows\win32 and run gpupdate I get the same error message.
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bdorminyAuthor Commented:
If I just run gpupdate I get the same error instantly,
C:\Documents and Settings\mlk>gpupdate
Refreshing Policy...

Failed to refresh User Policy. Error - The system cannot find the file specified
.  Exiting...
Failed to refresh Computer Policy. Error - The system cannot find the file speci
fied.  Exiting...
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trywaredkCommented:
Try only on a specific computer ...

Syntax
gpupdate [/target:{computer|user}] [/force] [/wait:value] [/logoff] [/boot]
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trywaredkCommented:
:o) Sorry- not computer, it's the user you're trying to update.

1. Logon as normal user on a workstation of your choice
2. Run gpupdate from your server, logged on as domain admin
    gpupdate /target:user /force /logoff
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bdorminyAuthor Commented:
Same result. I can't run gpupdate with or without any command switches.
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trywaredkCommented:
Anything in the eventlog on the workstation or the server ?
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trywaredkCommented:
We are out of sync when commenting here...

>"Same result. I can't run gpupdate with or without any command switches"
Did you do it from the server logged on as domain admin ?
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trywaredkCommented:
Use GPUpdate to Refresh the Group Policy
Apply the new GPO by using the GPUpdate tool to manually reapply all policy settings. To do so:
Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open box, type cmd, and then click OK.
At the command prompt, type the following line, and then press ENTER:
GPUpdate /Force

Type exit and then press ENTER to quit the command prompt.

Note To look for errors in policy processing, review the event log.
Use Event Viewer to verify that the GPO was successfully applied. To do so:
Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Event Viewer.
Click Application.

Look for Event ID 1704 to verify that the GPO was successfully applied.
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Debsyl99Commented:
Hi,

Fastest q and a session I've ever seen here! Have you verified that you can successfully access the sysvol share and the relevant group policy folder from the xp machine?

Deb :))

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trywaredkCommented:
Are you using a cached logon - this url is about secedit, but I believe it's the same issue with gpupdate

The User Policy Cannot Be Refreshed After a Cached Logon
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=325551
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bdorminyAuthor Commented:
Ok, Let's slow down. I am having this on multiple machines with multiple users. If I run the gpupdate command from a command line I get the error. Same error on more than one machine logged in as multiple users. I have successfully run gpupdate /force before. The policies are working and I am not getting any erros in the event log when I run the gpupdate command.
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trywaredkCommented:
To understand you correct.

A. User group policy is working on all your computers?
B. It's only when you try the gpupdate /force from a command prompt you gets the error ?

C. Try this:
1. Start / Run
2. \\YourServerName\SYSVOL
3. Press enter
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bdorminyAuthor Commented:
No problem doing that.
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trywaredkCommented:
Not the same error, that you got, but what's in your sysvol according to this

Group Policy Error Message When Appropriate Sysvol Contents Are Missing
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;253268
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trywaredkCommented:
:o) Glad I could help you - thank you for the points
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