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When do GPO Software Installs take effect?

Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We're trying to deploy a monitoring agent using Group Policy but are getting a little confused about when to expect the install to actually take place.  The domain controllers are Windows 2003, one SBS and one Standard.

Right now, the only way I've been able to get the installs to occur is to either run gpupdate /force or reboot.  Is this always required?  Most of the machine's we're trying to install on are either servers that may not have anyone actually logging into them for several days at a time or workstations that may stay logged in under the same user for several days at  a time.  In either case, will the install ever happen? Or do we have to force a login to get the application installed?

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