Group Policy Not Seeing Correct Group Memberships

Posted on 2011-02-15
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have created a new group policy on my Win2K3 DC so that I have a separate Windows Update policy for servers and workstations.  I have restricted the server GP to only members of the Domain Servers security group.  I have confirmed that all servers are members of this group in AD.  However, I have one server that is not picking up the new policy.  When I run Group Policy Results, the new Windows Update policy is shown as Denied, with the reason as 'Inaccessible'.  When I look at the Security Group Membership when Group Policy Applied, the Domain Servers group is not listed.  The problem server is a Win2K3 VM running under Virtual Server 2005.  However, I have other VM's running both under VS and Hyper-V that don't have this problem.  Any help is appreciated.
Question by:jduehmig1
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oBdA earned 1500 total points
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"Domain Servers" is not a default group, so you have to add that machine manually to the group. The group membership change requires a reboot of the machine before it will be recognized.

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The answer seems to be that either a reboot or waiting several days for the membershp changes to be picked up by the individual servers.  I made the GP and security group changes on Thursday and the last server picked up the changes the following Wednesday.

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