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Windows® Small Business Server 2011 by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Refreshing Group Policy

Policy changes are immediate, but they are not instantly propagated to clients. Client computers request policy only when one of the following occurs:

  • The computer starts.

  • A user logs on.

  • An application requests a refresh.

  • A user requests a refresh.

  • A Group Policy refresh interval is enabled, and the interval has elapsed.

By default, Group Policy refreshes in the background every 90 minutes with a random offset of 0 through 30 minutes added so that not all computers request a refresh at the same time.

If you find the default refresh too long or too short, you can change the refresh interval by following these steps:

  1. Select Group Policy Management from the Administrative Tools menu.

  2. To add the setting to an existing GPO, right-click ...

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