gpupdate /force prompts for a reboot

Posted on 2010-09-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I'm running the command "gpupdate /force" on my login script. I get this error:

Refreshing Policy...

User Policy Refresh has completed.
Computer Policy Refresh has completed.

Certain Computer policies are enabled that can only run during startup.

OK to Reboot?. (Y/N)

I've tried hitting "yes" but I keep getting the same error.  It appears to be a rights issue because I logged in as me with network administrator rights and I did not get the error.  I did narrow it down to something in the Default Domain Policy. If I run the gpudate without the /force option it finishes and closes, but I'm not sure what the repercussions are of taking off that switch. Ideas?
Question by:Stevenscs
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uescomp earned 167 total points
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if your running gpupdate /force on the server you probably will get an error message due to the features on the server that would like a reason for the restart etc, on all servers they wont let you shut down/restart until you hit restart/shutdown (select it) a second time and lets you put in notes on why you are doing so.

Otherwise there is not much of a difference, using force just basically is a backup with the restart because rebooting the pc will update the policy.
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by:Todd Gerbert
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That's expected behavior when using the /force switch.
You shouldn't need to run gpupdate in your login script, group policies are already being processed at computer startup and user login.

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Users dont have rights on local computer which might be causing this issue.
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by:Donald Stewart
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Go over...
 Changing the Group Policy Refresh Interval 
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by:Todd Gerbert
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Just to clarify...if you run "gpupdate" the group policy processing client attempts to perform optimizations and only processes what it believes has changed, the "/force" switch causes it to always re-process all policies whether they've changed or not.  Depending on what your policies are will determine if a reboot is needed, and the "/boot" switch - which is what I believe usecomp is referring to - will cause an automatic restart if gpupdate deems it necessary.
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by:Todd Gerbert
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In addition to background updates, computer Group Policy is always updated when the system starts.
In addition to background updates, Group Policy for users is always updated when users log on.
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by:Donald Stewart
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Didnt I just post that link?
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by:Todd Gerbert
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Didn't realize it was the same document...just reinforcing that gpupdate is redundant in a login script.

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Thank a lot, you guys are great!

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