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Problem with IE GPO updating

Posted on 2011-03-04
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I am working on creating several GPOs to make custom change to IE.  I have created a temporary OU and assigned a GPO to it. I have made the appropriate changes to the GPO.  I have added a specific test PC and test user to the OU.

When I log in for the first time, IE changes appropriately. I have made subsequent changes to the GPO and do a gpupdate /force to put these into effect immediately and when I look at IE the changes are there.  

So I wanted to test this more in the real world, so I log on as my test user, make some change in IE that is controlled by the GPO like changing the home page or the proxy IP address and then I log out.  When I log back in, I guess I would expect the GPO to be applied appropriately, but when I check IE the changes I made have NOT been over written by the GPO.

I've also gone into the GPO and set the refresh interval on both computer and user config to be 1 minute with an offset of one minute. I have reapplied the GPO by using the gpupdate /force command and then made changes in IE to settings that are controlled by the GPO.  I wait several minutes for the GPO to be reapplied, but it never overwrites the changes.

What am I missing?
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by:devinnoel
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RSoP is your friend when messing with GPO debugging, it's a MMC snap-in that should be installed by default.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323276

First off for troubleshooting... Are you messing with the Computer or User section of the GPO? If you have a computer in and OU and apply a GPO with User settings, there is no User account to apply the GPO to. You'd need to create a test user OU containing a test user & apply the GPO to that OU.
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by:jhyiesla
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Not at work right now, so can't run the MMC Snap-in.  

However, to answer you other questions:  I am setting both the computer and the user sections.  For this testing I have created a temp OU, linked the GPO to the OU and put in one test PC and a test user.  I am logging on at the test user, making the changes and then either staying on as the test user waiting for time to pass and/or logging off and back on as the test user.  The only thing that seems to replace my changes with the GPO is when I do a gpupdate /force.
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by:jhyiesla
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I ran the RSoP today and it's reporting all of the changes that I have in place. I've even tried filtering by a security group and putting in the user and PC in the group, again on the initial load everything looks OK, but if I go in and manually change a setting in IE that is controlled by the GPO, either waiting or logging out and back in does NOT change the setting back to what it should be.  Only the gpupdate /force works.
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GPO refresh time can be changed, but defaults to every 90 minutes (5 minutes for DCs) and at bootup/login (by default). You can change the interval and even disable the background refresh (Set GPO settings to mess with the GPO implementation)


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc940895.aspx (How to mess with GPO refresh & similar settings)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758898%28WS.10%29.aspx (How/when the GPO's are applied)


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Thanx, but as I noted in my question, I've already changed the refresh interval on both computer and user config to one minute with a  one minute off-set.  I wait and nothing happens. Even when I log in the GPO doesn't change the IE settings back.  The only thing that I have found that does is doing gpupdate /force.
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Nothing worked, except adding gpupdate /force to the login script.
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