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GPP File Copy - Does it require reboot

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  • Hi

    I am trying to experiment whether a NEW GPP file copy policy requires a reboot.

    I have setup a Computer GPP policy to copy a file to a desktop. This is a NEW GPO.

    What i am noticing is that, nothing happens when the machine is not rebooted (after waiting for the next group policy refresh).

    However, if i run gpupdate or reboot, seems to work. Is this behaviour as expected? Should the file copy have worked without a reboot?

    Also, i have another scenario, where i rebooted the machine and the GPP has applied. I then delete the file that was copied.

    This time around, after waiting for the background group policy refresh, the GPP file copy seems to work without the need of a reboot. Is this also expected behaviour?

    So does this mean, for any new GPO, a reboot or re-login is required? But once the new GPO has been applied, the background refresh will take care of it, to reapply the policies?

    Thanks, DM.

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:57 PM

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  • > I am trying to experiment whether a NEW GPP file copy policy requires a
    > reboot.
     
    No, it doesn't. It requires a policy application cycle, which by default
    happens at boot and every 90 minutes in the background. gpupdate also
    triggers a policy application cycle.
     
    > So does this mean, for any new GPO, a reboot or re-login is required?
    > But once the new GPO has been applied, the background refresh will take
    > care of it, to reapply the policies?
     
    This depends on the type of setting. Some will apply without booting,
    others (like startup scripts or software installation) will not.
     

    Greetings/Grüße, Martin

    Mal ein gutes Buch über GPOs lesen?
    Good or bad GPOs? - my blog…
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment (-:
    • Marked as answer by D_M_K Wednesday, September 23, 2015 10:03 PM
    Wednesday, September 23, 2015 8:49 AM

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  • > I am trying to experiment whether a NEW GPP file copy policy requires a
    > reboot.
     
    No, it doesn't. It requires a policy application cycle, which by default
    happens at boot and every 90 minutes in the background. gpupdate also
    triggers a policy application cycle.
     
    > So does this mean, for any new GPO, a reboot or re-login is required?
    > But once the new GPO has been applied, the background refresh will take
    > care of it, to reapply the policies?
     
    This depends on the type of setting. Some will apply without booting,
    others (like startup scripts or software installation) will not.
     

    Greetings/Grüße, Martin

    Mal ein gutes Buch über GPOs lesen?
    Good or bad GPOs? - my blog…
    And if IT bothers me - coke bottle design refreshment (-:
    • Marked as answer by D_M_K Wednesday, September 23, 2015 10:03 PM
    Wednesday, September 23, 2015 8:49 AM
  • Hi,

    I have tested with a new GPO of copying files to desktop, there is no need to reboot or run ‘gpupdate’.

    And yes, when I deleted the copied file in test, after GP refresh interval, it was generated again.

    Based on your description , please check your GPO interval settings to verify that you have wait enough time until you reboot or run ‘gpupdate’ depending on your machine type. Please check in gpedit.msc àcomputer configurationàAdministrative Templatesà systemà group policyà Group Policy refresh interval for computers / Group Policy refresh interval for domain controllers.

    By default, computer Group Policy is updated in the background every 90 minutes, with a random offset of 0 to 30 minutes. and every 5 minutes on DC.

    And for your question: not all policies are applied through rebooting or re-log in,. That depends on the type of policy setting.

    Detail information is in below articles:

    Group Policy refresh interval for computers :

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc940895.aspx

    Group Policy Basics - Part 3: How Clients Process GPOs:

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/musings_of_a_technical_tam/archive/2012/02/22/understanding-the-structure-of-a-group-policy-object-part-3.aspx

    How to modify the default Group Policy refresh interval :

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/203607

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    Monday, September 28, 2015 5:33 AM
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