Force group policy updates on all Active Directory Domain Members

If you are a windows administrator, at one time or another you have been ready to pull out your hair when you realize Microsoft doesn’t always supply some of the most basic utilities. One of these basic functions is to force a group policy update on all domain member computers. You can change the update interval, script the changes, manually enact the change on each computer, or leverage some really amazing, free tools.

Sysinternals, a company acquired by Microsoft in July of 2006, provides a software suite of various utilities to assist you. In this example, I will run a command as a domain administrator to enumerate all domain members, force a remote group policy update, and provide the output results:

“psexec.exe -i -s \\* gpupdate.exe /force”

…thats it! Quick, easy, and painless.