GPO Updates Not Working All The Time

I have a new domain and for some reason when I push out a new GPO update, my Windows 7 machines get it just fine. But, for some of my XP machines I have to restart the computer several times before it catches the information.

Is there an option to set a regular interval of doing something akin to 'gpupdate /force' or is there a better way to ensure that Windows XP machines are getting updates on a regular basis?
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Adam BrownSr Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Which Group Policies are you pushing out that aren't getting picked up by the XP machines? If they are Group Policy Preferences, I've seen many situations where XP machines fail to pick these up unless the Group Policy Preferences Client Side Extensions are installed on them (even when they are SP3).

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BardlebeeAuthor Commented:
What is that Client Side Extension? Is that an install? I think I know which one that is and I think I installed it, but I may be wrong.

I think it mostly happens when I JUST set a GPO. I haven't kept track of it enough to see if it doesn't do it, even over time.

It may be a case of propogation. I am very new to GPO setups and their updates so I wanted to see if there was something I was missing, like a setting of updating via gpupdate in regular intervals.... but I don't think that is something that exists or is a best practice.... not sure.

Mike KlineCommented:
What settings are being set.  Some policies like folder redirection normally take two reboots on XP.  Do you have any errors or warnings in your event log relating to group policy.


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Adam BrownSr Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Well, it may be a replication thing. If you create a GPO on one DC, it doesn't go to all DCs until replication occurs. GPUpdate is automatically run for Computer Configuration settings when the computer is rebooted and at Logon for User Configuration (There is also an automatic refresh every 90 minutes, but I rarely trust that)
BardlebeeAuthor Commented:
Hmmm, this may just be a case of propagation, I will have to watch it and get back to you, like you said it takes time for replication.

Settings such as setting up a new network drive is an issue, but I found that after a few reboots it catches it. My concern is that I will push out something important and some machines will not get it. I will keep you guys updated.
Adam BrownSr Solutions ArchitectCommented: has the group policy preferences extensions. The GPO Push of a Network drive is considered a preference, so your XP machines might not be reading it right. Install that on one of the troubled machines, reboot, and see what happens.
Mike KlineCommented:
Also check your logs for FRS issues (how sysvol is replicated in 2003)


BardlebeeAuthor Commented:
Ok, I think this issue is a fact of just letting it go through. Being a new admin I wasn't sure what to expect. Many of the suggestions were helpful.
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