Forcing Group Policy update using PowerShell

This tip was contributed by Ashley McGlone, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer.

Forcing Group Policy update using PowerShell

In Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 you can now force an immediate, remote GPUPDATE using the cmdlet Invoke-GPUpdate like this:

Invoke-GPUpdate -RandomDelayInMinutes 0 -Computer workstation1

This requires the Group Policy PowerShell module, meaning that you need the GPMC installed to have the command locally. You should also run it from an elevated PowerShell console.

You can even target Windows 7 clients and Windows Server 2008 R2.

This new command can be a game changer for the service desk!

For more information see the TechNet article here:

The above tip was previously published in an issue of WServerNews, a weekly newsletter from TechGenix that focuses on the administration, management and security of the Windows Server platform in particular and cloud solutions in general. Subscribe to WServerNews today by going to and join almost 100,000 other IT professionals around the world who read our newsletter!

Mitch Tulloch is an eleven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud computing technologies.  Mitch is also Senior Editor of WServerNews. For more information about him see


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