A Quick Tip To Update Group Policy Settings On Remote Computers

by [Published on 16 Oct. 2008 / Last Updated on 11 July 2008]

This article explains a single command you can use to update the Group Policy settings on remote computers. Please note this applies to Windows 2000 Computers only!

Windows 2000 ships with a command line tool to refresh the Group Policy settings on a local computer. But what if you need to refresh Group Policy settings on 100 Windows 2000 machines? You either need to create a script to do so or visit each computer individually. To eliminate this, you can use the below steps to accomplish the task:


  • Create a Text file named Servers.txt
  • Paste all the computer names in txt file.
  • Run the following commands from a Windows 2000 computer:

To refresh user policy: 

  • Psexec.exe -@Servers.txt secedit.exe /refreshpolicy user_policy

To refresh machine policy

  • Psexec.exe -@Servers.txt secedit.exe /refreshpolicy machine_policy

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The Author — Nirmal Sharma

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Nirmal Sharma is a MCSEx3, MCITP and was awarded the Microsoft MVP award in Directory Services and Windows Networking. He specializes in Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Directory Services, Failover Clusters, Hyper-V, PowerShell Scripting and System Center products. Nirmal has been involved with Microsoft Technologies since 1994. In his spare time, he likes to help others and share some of his knowledge by writing tips and articles on various sites and contributing to PowerShell-based Dynamic Packs for www.ITDynamicPacks.Net solutions.

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