Force a group policy (disable workstation firewalls) to take effect - how?
Posted on 2010-09-04
This weekend I have to roll out ESET Nod32 anti virus to about 50 workstations and I'm using the push option to achieve this.
The push option requires that the firewall is disabled and this client just uses XP windows firewall on each PC. (Server is Windows 2003 and Exhcnage 2003)
In active directory I created a OU that has the policy of firewall being disabled (Ive not really used group policy much) and my plan was to just drag workstations into the no firewall OU, push out the NOD32 software and then once installed put back the firewall on the workstations by removing them out of the no firwall OU.
However I notice that the group policy changes are not immediate. How can I force them to be applied to the workstaion and in addition is there any insignts or comments about this method I am using.
Many thanks in advance.