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I have a w2k3 domain and i am pushing out a software update/install to clients (all XP SP1, SP2 is not yet installed) by way of a GPO in active directory

The only way i have found to make the install run is by rebooting the machine.  Is this the only way to start the install?

Second, if it is, how can i push out a reboot to all the machines in a particular Organizational unit so the install starts over a weekend when users arn't in the office.
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Is this being assined to the computers or the user?  If it is going to the computers then the software install happens when the computer starts up (before the user can log on).  You could use the shutdown.exe tool to perform remote shutdowns.  You may need to develop a batch file to match your enviroment though.  Here is a clip from the winntmag description of shutdown.exe:

The Microsoft Windows 2000 Resource Kit and Microsoft Windows NT Resource Kit supply a shutdown.exe utility that you can use to shut down or reboot the local or a remote machine. This utility also lets you configure how to handle hung applications.

For example, the command:

C:\> shutdown \\morpheus /r /t:15 "bye bye"

would reboot (/r) the machine morpheus in 15 seconds (/t:15) with the helpful message “bye bye.”

Let me know if this help or if you want more info
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