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Remotely Run a Group Policy Update

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Looking for a VBscript that will refresh group policy on a remote computer.  (the equivalent of running gpupdate /force from the command line of a local machine).  I'd like to launch the script from my WinXP machine, have it ask me for a computer name, and then refresh the group policy on the target machine.  This is in a W2K3 environment.
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You can run any command remotely using the free PSExec tool from Sysinternals/Microsoft
psexec  \\Computername  gpupdate /force
This can be included in a script.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897553.aspx
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By the way if you want to apply it to a series of computers you can use a text file list of computers and include that in the command rather than one specific PC. See the syntax in the link above.

Also because gpupdate often returns a response asking if you want to log off now, to deal with that you may want to use the  /logoff or /boot switches with the gpupdate command.
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/6880fef3-76b7-4eb3-b993-fa00799615851033.mspx?mfr=true
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If your PC has the 2k3 AdminPak, I would *highly* recommend SpecOps GPUpdate add-in for the AD snap-in.

http://www.specopssoft.com/products/specopsgpupdate/

It integrates into the snap-in and will let you run multiple commands to any computer on the domain (including gpupdate, reboot, etc).
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Thanks azstbzimms.
Cheers !
--Rob
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