Group Policy Update problems


We have a Windows Server 2003 running on our network with Active Directory and Group Policies. Our network is mainly XP SP2 machines on the domain.

We have restricted Internet Access through Group Policy using the Content Advisor control. e.g. we do not allow access to unrestricted sites. They have to ask us which sites they want!

The majority of machines update at sparadic times. But some machines do not update at all! Is there a way of getting these machines to update to this policy, who on the face of things have the same set up as machines which do update successfuly. I have tried gpupdate, rebooting server and machines but still no joy.

Is there a way of getting the group policy onto machines, I have 'enforced' selected on the policy but still no joy on these troublesome machines.


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hoteggAuthor Commented:
Also, when trying to Group Model the troublesome machines they are saying Access Denied, machines that DO update with policies are giving results.

How do we change the access restrictions? Is this affecting group policies being established on some machines?
BrianIT ManagerCommented:
It sounds like your SP2 firewall is blocking access to the modeling feature of GPMC.  This is also probably part of the problem why group policies are not appling.  You need to either shut off the firewall on SP2 or allow ICMP Echo through it.  Otherwise the machines will cache the current group policy settings and not get anything new.

Let me know if I can be of more assistance.


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