How to Force Remote Group Policy Processing

“This method is very easy to implement and requires almost no scripting abilities. Why invent something that has already been invented, right?
PsExec is developed by Mark Russinovich, the former owner of Sysinternals which was acquired by Microsoft in July 2006. It is currently available in version 1.95 and can be downloaded from Microsoft Technet here ” (Jacob Heidelberg)

note: download the pstools set of files into your %windir% after you decompress the zip file.


I used the psexec tool:

Start/Run     psexec \\JeffNew5.ACRS.local gpupdate
This command forces a group policy update on Jeffnew5 workstation.
Here are some other examples:

The following command launches an interactive command prompt on \\marklap:

psexec \\marklap cmd

This command executes IpConfig on the remote system with the /all switch, and displays the resulting output locally:

psexec \\marklap ipconfig /all

This command copies the program test.exe to the remote system and executes it interactively:

psexec \\marklap -c test.exe

Specify the full path to a program that is already installed on a remote system if its not on the system’s path:

psexec \\marklap c:\bin\test.exe

Run Regedit interactively in the System account to view the contents of the SAM and SECURITY keys::

psexec -i -d -s c:\windows\regedit.exe

To run Internet Explorer as with limited-user privileges use this command:

psexec -l -d “c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe”


This site also has some good tips on group policy changes for remote computers:

Another tool to force Remote Group Policy Processing is called FLEX and it is used for entire OU instead of one computer: Here is the link for it:

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