GPOs not updating settings and GPUPDATE not completed in expected time
Posted on 2009-05-05
I'm having a few different issues with my GPOs and I'm not sure if they are related or not. I have a domain with two Windows 2003 R2 Ent. DCs and approximately 75 PCs. I've never noticed issues with my GPOs until recently when I wanted to push out some changes to the Windows Firewall. The majority of my PCs are Windows XP SP3. When I run gpresult it shows that the correct policy is being applied and when I run rsop.msc I find the correct settings for the firewall. However, when I open up Windows Firewall, the changes haven't been made.
While I was testing this, I tried running gpupdate and found that on the XP PCs it times out with:
User Policy Refresh has not completed in the expected time. Exiting...
User Policy Refresh has completed.
Computer Policy Refresh has not completed in the expected time. Exiting...
Computer Policy Refresh has completed.
I placed a test PC and user in an OU that only has one applied GPO (default domain policy which includes both user and computer settings). When I run gpupdate /target:user it completes successfully but /target:computer times out.
I'm not sure if these two are related. I'm more concerned about not being able to change the Firewall settings with a GPO.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.